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Harvey Weinstein: From Oscar winning 'God' to disgraced #MeToo pariah

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Ginger Lopez | 31 May, 2018, 20:06

Two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press the case will include allegations by Lucia Evans, an aspiring actress who has said the Hollywood mogul forced her to perform oral sex on him in his office.

He was then charged with rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women.

Weinstein, who is represented by the famous NY lawyer Ben Brafman, the same who had achieved in 2011, the dismissal of charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the case of the Sofitel, has always denied having had sexual intercourse "non-consensual". The Times' Mueller noted a 2015 undercover sting operation launched by New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and New York police, in which the producer was recorded admitting to groping an Italian actress.

Fallen Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to NY police on Friday to face sex crime charges, almost eight months after his career imploded in a blaze of assault accusations and triggered the global #MeToo movement.

It was not immediately clear why he had those books, but public speculation focused on Kazan, who died in 2003.

"Now, I think the attack is going to begin", she said in an interview with the Associated Press.

The American actress Rose McGowan, 44, has said he raped her when she was 23. She was among the first women to speak out about the producer.

"Just the idea of him getting out of a police vehicle with handcuffs is very satisfying because it makes it concrete", she said.

"We can't go backward", she said.

Equally important, McGowan said, is that the MeToo movement will help women who aren't famous, well-off movie stars, like many of Weinstein's accusers, but less powerful women without a voice.




He turned himself into a NY police station before being charged with first and third degree rape in 2013, seemingly in a Midtown Manhattan hotel and a criminal sex act in the first degree in 2004.

Evans told The New Yorker magazine past year that in 2004, Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him. She tells the magazine that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex.

Weinstein surrendered to police early Friday and is expected set to appear in court later in the day.

Weinsteins' decision to turn himself in was preceded by extensive discussions between his lawyers and prosecutors, Mueller says.

Godbold, now 55, said her cellphone lit up with messages from other alleged victims with Friday's developments, and "We're all elated".

Though she has the support of fashion's reigning queen, Anna Wintour, (who blessed the brand's return to the Met Gala earlier this month, where Scarlett Johansson stepped out in a burgundy gown by the fashion hosue) as well as CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg, some were wary about her complicity in Weinstein's affairs.

Women around the world came forward with similar cases of sexual mistreatment by men.

The officials spoke Thursday to the AP on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the investigation.

Scores of women have come to fore and accused the 66-year-old of a wide array of misconduct, which ranges from harassment to rape, over decades.

Evans confirmed to The New Yorker that she was pressing charges.

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