Explainer: Why Weinstein's arrest isn't the highest point of #MeToo movement

Explainer Why Weinstein’s arrest isn’t the highest point of #MeToo movement

Harvey Weinstein was escorted to court in handcuffs after turning himself into police on Friday. Credit Flicker Commons

The former powerhouse movie producer smiled for cameras as he was handcuffed and escorted from New York Police Department's First Precinct to a courthouse Friday morning (local time) facing rape and criminal sex act charges - a searing reckoning for the man who became a symbol of a worldwide outcry over sexual misconduct.

According to an earlier CBS News report, one woman, actress Lucia Evans - who went public with her accusations in an article written by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker in October 2017 - told investigators that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him during a business meeting in 2004.

Film producer Harvey Weinstein surrendered to New York City police, Friday, on charges of rape and sex abuse and was taken to court in handcuffs.

He walked into the station clutching several books, apparently including the Rodgers and Hammerstein biography "Something Wonderful" and a volume on late director Elia Kazan. Facing a jail bond of $10 million, he reportedly paid $1 million in the form of a cashier's check to post bail.

Harvey Weinstein has been charged with at least four sex-related offenses after turning himself in to the NY police on Friday. "I thank the courageous survivors who have come forward, and my Office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation".

Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to the NY police on Friday.

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Sivan was one of more than 80 women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault, and/or rape.

She spoke out about his rape at the 2018 Cannes festival and applauded his arrest later by tweeting: 'Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell. His attorney Ben Brafman said Weinstein will enter a plea of not guilty.

However, they will know Mr Weinstein isn't going down without a fight.

He remains under investigation for alleged sex crimes in Los Angeles and London.

Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer and Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman both declined to comment. Weinstein is now under constant electronic monitoring and is bound by a ban on traveling beyond NY and CT.

"This wasn't a smile to say, 'Be on my side, ' or 'Hey, I'm innocent.' It was freakish and suggestive that he may feel he is going to get away with this or that I've gotten away with this for this long", she explains.

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At the time, Weinstein hired high-powered defense attorneys to shut down the charges, also employing K2 Intelligence, an intelligence firm specializing in corporate investigations and security.

Since then, almost 100 women have come forward alleging 40 years of impropriety that sparked a sexual harassment watershed, ending the careers of powerful men and spawning the global #MeToo and Time's Up movements.

Nor is it clear that employers have improved sexual harassment policies in their offices, or that police departments have made changes in how they handle sexual assault and harassment cases.

Weinstein has previously denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

Many wonder, does Harvey Weinstein still believe in a comeback even after dozens of women have accused him of sexual assault, and after the powerful rise of the #MeToo movement? An investigative grand jury, still convened, will look into other sexual assault allegations against Mr. Weinstein as well as possible financial crimes relating to how he paid women to stay silent, people familiar with the proceedings said.

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