Published On: Sun, May 27th, 2018

Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police to face rape charges

Harvey Weinstein at the 2011 Time 100 gala photo/ David Shankbone

Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to New York police Friday morning and was arrested on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him. Manhattan prosecutors will charge Weinstein with first- and third-degree rape in one case and a first-degree sex act in a second case, a source said. He’s expected to appear in court later in the day. (CNN)

The fallen Hollywood honcho is expected to be charged with preying on Lucia Evans, who told investigators that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004, sources said. (New York Daily News)

The NYPD is also believed to be investigating a rape allegation by Paz de la Huerta, who has charged that Weinstein forced himself on her in her Tribeca apartment in 2010. Weinstein has denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex. (THR)

Weinstein was fired from the studio he co-founded, The Weinstein Company, in October 2017. He had been reportedly spending much of his time at a rehabilitation facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., after becoming a pariah in the industry where he once loomed large. (HuffPost)

More than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Some told of being trapped in hotel rooms, of being coerced into massages, or of being pinned down while the producer masturbated. One of his assistants, Sandeep Rehal, alleged in a lawsuit that she had to buy lingerie and erectile dysfunction drugs to prepare for his sexual encounters, and that she had to clean up afterwards. (Variety)


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