Weinstein indicted for rape and sexual assault, the #MeToo applauds

Weinstein inculpé pour viol et agression sexuelle, le #MeToo applaudit

The film producer fallen Harvey Weinstein, who is accused by dozens of women of sexual abuse, was charged Friday in New York for a rape and a blowjob forced, first applauded by the movement #MeToo.

More than seven months after the first accusations against him, Mr. Weinstein, 66 years old, in blue vest navy blue sweater and light coloured shirt, has reached a new stage in disgrace by engaging Friday morning to the police of Manhattan.

Family father, who had disappeared from circulation since October, has been indicted for rape in 2013 and a blowjob, forced 2004. The producer of multi-oscar winning, accustomed to red carpets and long revered for having promoted a original cinema embodied by directors such as Quentin Tarantino, crossed a hedge of cameras hands in the back, handcuffed him, without saying a word.

At a hearing flash to the tribunal, in front of a packed room, a judge then confirmed the conditions of his release, negotiated in advance with his lawyer: a deposit of one million dollars cash, the wearing of an electronic bracelet, and the surrender of his passport to the authorities.

His lawyer Ben Brafman, a tenor of the bar in new york that had been obtained in 2011 the dismissal of charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the case of the Sofitel, stated that he would “act very quickly” in order to exonerate his client.

“We believe (the charges) are constitutionally deficient” and “not supported by the evidence,” he said.

The next hearing has been fixed on 30 July.

The office of the prosecutor of Manhattan has stated that the accusation of rape related to facts dating back to the march 18, 2013, at an address that houses a hotel in the Midtown area. The identity of the victim has not been specified. It would be a new charge, not published till now.

The prosecution of 2004 seems to correspond to the allegations of Lucia Evans, but the prosecutor has not confirmed this.

She had already publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of having forced him to perform fellatio at the headquarters of his production company Miramax.

Since the publication of the first revelations about him at the beginning of October, Harvey Weinstein has been accused by over a hundred actresses, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow or Salma Hayek – model and ex-employees of sexual abuse ranging from harassment to rape.

In the course of the investigations of the New York Times and the New Yorker, to be awarded the Pulitzer prize, it appeared that Weinstein had used his power, for nearly 40 years, to force those women to give in to his sexual fantasies, sometimes assisted by its employees and buying the silence of victims through confidentiality agreements.

It was also found that a lot of people were aware of his behavior, but had preferred to remain silent, often for fear of seeing their careers ruined by the all-powerful producer.

The revelations have the effect of a bomb. Hundreds of women, under the hashtag #MeToo set to testify about sexual assault that they had killed for years. The movement has brought down dozens of men of power, in sectors as diverse as film, media, fashion, gastronomy or music.

– “Descent to hell” –

The arrest of the producer comes as the attorney of Manhattan, Cyrus Vance, was suspected of back in front of a court battle, in which many lawyers point out that it is far from being won for the prosecution. All that Ben Brafman is a formidable opponent.

“The indictment today is a significant step in an investigation still in progress,” soberly said attorney Vance Friday in a press release, thanking the “victims courageous which are the outputs of silence”.

This charge comes after news reports that Harvey Weinstein would also be the subject of an investigation at the federal level, which could have pushed Vance to act.

If a conviction is far from being acquired, several figures of the movement #MeToo cheered the images of a Weinstein handcuffed.

“I’m in shock,” said on ABC’s the ex-actress Rose McGowan, who says she was raped by Weinstein in 1997 at Sundance. “I have to admit that I never thought I would see a day in handcuffs.”

“Weinstein makes today its first step towards an inevitable descent to hell. We, women, have, at last, a real hope of justice,” tweeted the actress Asia Argento, who claims to have been raped by Weinstein in Cannes, also in 1997.

The movement Time’s Up, born in the wake of the #MeToo to support legally the victims of sexual abuse, has pointed out that the producer had “broken the lives of countless women,” and hoped that “justice would prevail”.

Since October, Weinstein had stayed out of the spotlight, which is supposed to follow a treatment against addictions for sex in Arizona.

His wife, Georgina Chapman, a Briton who co-founded the fashion house Marchesa, and with whom he had two children, left as soon as the first revelations. She said in a recent interview that their divorce was imminent.

The Weinstein Company, the film studio that he co-founded with his brother Bob, has been attacked in court for having tolerated and even facilitated the behavior of the sexual predator of the producer. It has been put into judicial liquidation.

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