Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Harvey Weinstein indicted on first degree rape charges

Harvey Weinstein

NEW YORK: Former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been indicted on first and third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act charges in New York City, according to news reports.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced the indictment on Wednesday, less than a week after Weinstein turned himself in to New York police and was arrested on sex crimes charges.

Vance said it brings Weinstein “another step closer to accountability,” according to a report by The Associated Press.

“Our office will try this case not in the press, but in the courtroom where it belongs. The defendant’s recent assault on the integrity of the survivors and the legal process is predictable. We are confident that when the jury hears the evidence, it will reject these attacks out of hand,” Vance said in a statement, according to news outlets.

Weinstein, 66, did not testify before the grand jury because his lawyers said there wasn’t enough time to prepare for the testimony.

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Weinstein has denied the allegations.

If convicted on the rape charges alone, Weinstein could be sentenced to between five and 25 years behind bars, The New York Times reported.

Weinstein will plead not guilty to charges of rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct, his attorney, Benjamin Braffman, said outside a New York courtroom Friday morning.

“We believe at the end of this, Mr. Weinstein will be exonerated,” he said.

A judge set a $10 million bond for Weinstein on Friday as he awaits trial on charges including rape and sex abuse.

Weinstein was ordered to surrender his passport and to wear an electronic monitor. The Associated Press reported he will post $1 million bail.

Police confirmed in a statement released Friday morning that Weinstein has been charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct in cases involving two women.

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