Weinstein accusers Rose McGowan, Asia Argento respond to arrest: ‘We got you’

Rosalie Gross
May 26, 2018

Harvey Weinstein appeared in court Friday morning on sex crime charges based on two alleged incidents where he is accused of forcing women into sexual activity. As he was handcuffed and transported to court, she followed up with, "Harvey Weinstein ain't smiling now".

Harvey Weinstein turned himself in for arrest in NY on Friday on charges of rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct in cases involving two women. "I thank the courageous survivors who have come forward, and my Office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation", said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.in a statement.

Weinstein, 66, stepped from a black SUV wearing a blazer and carrying books under his arm, and lumbered into a Manhattan police station before a crowd of news cameras.

After having his mugshots and fingerprints taken, he was escorted out in handcuffs and driven to court in the back of a smart SUV.

He has surrendered his passport and been fitted with a monitoring device.

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Weinstein appeared to be smiling as he entered and left the police precinct.

The New York charges are the first against Weinstein, even though several other cities opened up investigations into the producer in the wake of the reporting on the allegations.

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"They couldn't get a conviction", he said. "And to see him do the Bill Cosby old man perp walk on the way in, so we already know what he is planning, to see him in cuffs on the way out, whether he smiled or not, that's a very good feeling".

'He never thought he'd have handcuffs on him, he never thought this day of reckoning would come for him. But this time Brafman, one of the New York's most prominent defence lawyers, will make his arguments against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, which was largely sparked by reports of his client's sexual misconduct. The New York Times reported that the investigation will examine whether Weinstein violated federal stalking laws. "I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, '" she added.

Weinstein has consistently denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

But for all the media circus, experts warn that any trial - let alone a criminal conviction - would still be a long way off.

Sexual assault cases, particularly those that allegedly happened years ago, are notoriously hard to prosecute and often lack substantive forensic evidence. His past clients include former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who escaped criminal prosecution for alleged sexual assault in 2011.

This is the first criminal case brought against him since the accusations surfaced in October.

"People are so sad, and they are so sick of it", McGowan said of the many other powerful men who have faced sexual misconduct allegations since Weinstein's downfall. It's important that both Weinstein and his accusers get their day in court - regardless of the outcome, it's crucial that women are heard, and also that criminal defendants have the opportunity to mount a vigorous defense (something that's trickier to do in the court of public opinion).

The triple Oscar victor has since said she was "appalled" and had not idea about the "disgraceful" allegations.

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