Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein who is accused by more than 50 women of sexual harassment, assault and inappropriate behaviour surrerdered yesterday in New York. He was taken under custody, but was soon out on $1 million bail.
He was seen in handcuffs under the custody of New York City police officers, who took him to the court. After he got arrested, it gave rise to the #MeToo movement.
Weinstein looked glum during a brief arraignment, agreeing to post bail at $1 million cash, surrender his passport and be fitted with a GPS monitoring device.
The Manhattan District Attorney's Office said he was charged with rape in the first and third degrees, stemming from an attack on a woman in 2013, and a criminal sex act against another woman in 2004.
"Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation," said District Attorney Cyrus Vance, thanking "brave survivors" for coming forward and urging others to call a sex crimes hotline.
What took you so long Harvey? pic.twitter.com/MUFB34fWai— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) May 25, 2018
Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell. We, the women, finally have real hope for justice. https://t.co/or8qGaNO93— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) May 25, 2018
Today is a day I never thought I’d see when I came forward 22 months ago alone. Thank you for listening to women. https://t.co/KoTe2JkKEs #justice #befierce #standup #speakup #metoo #timesup #HarveyWeinstein— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) May 25, 2018
Harvey Weinstein shattered the lives of an untold number of women. We stand with them, and remain in solidarity with women everywhere who have faced unsafe and abusive workplaces. We look forward to seeing justice prevail. (2/2)— TIME'S UP (@TIMESUPNOW) May 25, 2018
So now that Harvey Weinstein already posted bail, I’m guessing he’s heading to the only place he won’t be judged for his actions… Mar-O-Lago.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) May 26, 2018
So Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein are both arrested! Think you could pick up the music industry’s bad guys while your at it! 1.6 million bail! Ha. Thank you for some justice finally.— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) May 25, 2018
Harvey Weinstein 7 AM ET arrival at a police station.— Marianne Barnard (M) (@Marianne_M_B) May 25, 2018
He’ll go through criminal booking process.
Then, handcuffed, he’ll be transferred to
Manhattan criminal court.
Bail prearranged, set at 1 million cash.
Weinstein will surrender his passport,
be issued monitoring device.
How TF is it even allowed for Harvey Weinstein to make bail? He's a rapist. There's plenty of others in prison for so much less? He's a RAPIST???????— izzy (@izzrandall) May 26, 2018
Harvey Weinstein showed up for rape charges with a 1million bail check and was home in time foe lunch. Meanwhile i felt like snoop on trial for a murder for a damn traffic ticket. Wild times— Tim to the muthaf (@LosFreaklander) May 26, 2018
Harvey Weinstein’s bail was set at half the money found in the back of his sofa.— Hayden Black (@haydenblack) May 25, 2018
Q: What's the difference between Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump?— ❄️Elle📎 (@JolieSaboteuse) May 25, 2018
A: Harvey Weinstein can get his hands on $1 million in cash for the bail.
Weinstein's lawyer at the courthouse today:— jodikantor (@jodikantor) May 25, 2018
"The casting couch in Hollywood was not invented by Harvey Weinstein."
Is that... a defense?
Harvey Weinstein’s defense is that he didn’t invent the casting couch, so apparently rape is only bad if you were the first person to do it.— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) May 25, 2018
One of the symbols of the day: this female detective leading Harvey Weinstein around in handcuffs. pic.twitter.com/3lU03pWv1b— jodikantor (@jodikantor) May 25, 2018
1 of 2: That Harvey Weinstein, a powerful man who thrived and flourished as he shattered and abused women in a culture of impunity was arrested and charged is resoundingly significant. It is a watershed event, an irreversible pivot away from tacit and explicit license to exploit— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) May 26, 2018
Harvey Weinstein's half smirk as he was being put in handcuffs is EVERY man who STILL thinks he can somehow get away with being a pig.— Lissete Lanuza Sáenz (@lizziethat) May 25, 2018
Guess what? #TimesUp
Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer is repugnant. His defense, that Harvey didn’t invent “the casting couch” or to say in blunt terms—“I’m powerful, either you have sex with me, or I’ll ruin you” to females is vomit inducing. It’s insulting, vile, and should be thrown out in court.— Pablo Kutter (@Mossimo77) May 25, 2018
Sexual molesters in court.— Tia Kinay (@TiaKinay) May 25, 2018
Tommy Robinson arrested.
Harvey Weinstein arrested.
Today is a good day.
Defense attorney Ben Brafman told reporters that Weinstein would plead not guilty and that his client denied any non-consensual sexual activity.
"We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges," Brafman said. "Bad behavior is not on trial," he added. "Mr Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood."
A lot of women and people were happy to see Harvey in handcuffs. Although, their hopes were shattered when the producer was out on bail by just giving out a huge cheque.
“You start to think there’s no justice in the world, and then Harvey Weinstein and Tommy Robinson get arrested on the same day,” said a Twitter user. “So Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein are both arrested! Think you could pick up the music industry’s bad guys while your at it! 1.6 million bail! Ha. Thank you for some justice finally,” said another.