Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Here's why you won't see Harvey Weinstein's mugshot

Here's why you won't see Harvey Weinstein's mugshot

Weinstein is charged with rape, sexual misconduct, sex abuse and the committing of a criminal sex act against two women, the New York Police Department said in a statement, which did not identify the women. Neither victim was named. The NYPD did the same, stating it "thanks these courageous survivors who have come forward".

One of the cases was in NY, where Italian model Ambra Battilana accused Mr Weinstein of groping her in 2015.

Evans' allegations added to those of dozens of other women, who claimed that Weinstein had engaged in a vast range of sexual misconduct dating back almost four decades, ranging from inappropriate touching to incidents of rape.

"That is the $64,000 question", said Gerald Lefcourt, one of Brafman's peers among NY defence lawyers. "To see him standing in court with his mouth slightly ajar was unsettling", she says.

His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said his client vehemently denied the charges and would fight to get them dismissed.

We may find out their decision when Weinstein next appears in court on July 30.

Weinstein arrived at a NY police precinct holding Richard Schickel's biography of the stage and film director Elia Kazan and Todd Purdum's "Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution".

Out on bail, Weinstein's travel will be restricted to NY and the neighbouring state of CT.

Former actress Lucia Evans had already publicly accused Weinstein of forcing her into oral sex in 2004.

The Hollywood producer stands accused by more than 70 women of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some of the accusations going back decades.

"This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually", prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said at Mr Weinstein's arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court. Argento recently appeared during the Closing Ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival to reiterate her allegations: "In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes".

Her partner, chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain, tweeted that when she came forward with her allegations, "you were sure this day would never come, that you would be crushed, that you were alone".

Rose McGowan, one of Weinstein's most outspoken accusers, told The Hollywood Reporter Friday's arrest brings victims "one step closer to justice". "We, the women, finally have real hope for justice".

Time's Up, a movement founded by Hollywood celebrities that aims to hold abusers accountable also took to social media with a statement saying they looked forward to seeing 'justice prevail'. Allegations from dozens of women against the once-powerhouse producer catalyzed what became known as the #MeToo movement, a national reckoning about sexual misconduct.

Weinstein has reportedly spent months in treatment for sex addiction. His fashion designer wife, Georgina Chapman, has left him.

If he does, how long will the trial take?

She told BBC, "Twenty years ago, I swore that I would right this wrong".

Weinstein's lawyer is one of America's most celebrated criminal defence attorneys.

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