Hollywood’s infamous sex offender Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape, criminal sex act, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women on Friday morning. He may face up to 25 years in prison for the rape charges brought against him by Lucia Evans and an unnamed woman, according to a report by Page Six.
Weinstein was apparently handcuffed and escorted by detectives out of the First Precinct in Lower Manhattan around 9 AM. He was promptly ushered into a Dodge Durange and taken to the Manhattan Criminal Court to appear before a judge.
Lucia Evans, one of Weinstein’s victims, went on the record with The New Yorker saying that the disgraced film producer had forced her to give him oral sex in his TriBeCa office in 2004. Other allegations against Weinstein include charges of double rape by “Boardwalk Empire” actress Paz de la Huerta.
“The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice,” the NYPD said in a statement. “The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.”
Following the massive downfall of the Hollywood producer back in November, accusations by more than 80 women have been brought against him for sexual harassment and abuse.
Today, when Weinstein appeared before the Manhattan District Attorney to be tried, he was only charged with rape and criminal sex act, despite being arrested for additional charges of sexual abuse and misconduct. He was released on a $1 million bail.
“We obviously did not come here to try the case,” Benjamin Brafman, Weinstein’s lawyer, said. “Mr. Weinstein and his counsel have been aware of this investigation for many months. [He] voluntarily surrendered after conditions of bail were negotiated.”
Part of the conditions of his bail include temporarily forfeiting his passport and being GPS-monitored for the time being. He’s also limited to traveling within New York state and Connecticut, and has to have travel outside of those states approved by his prosecutors.
Weinstein is currently under investigation in Los Angeles and London as well. He will appear in court on July 30 to determine if he has been indicted or not.