DISGRACED HOLLYWOOD MOGUL HARVEY WEINSTEIN ARRESTED ON RAPE CHARGES

Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to New York authorities on Friday morning, arraigned on multiple rape charges from incidents that allegedly took place in 2004 and 2013.

One of the cases is believed to be related to actress Lucia Evans, who claims that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his office in 2004. It was a stunning sight to see the former Hollywood mogul, 66, led into a Manhattan courtroom in handcuffs close to a year after women began coming forward with their stories of alleged sexual harassment and abuse at the hands of Weinstein. To date, over 75 women have accused the film producer of misconduct.

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Gwyneth Paltrow recently spoke to Howard Stern about a time when Weinstein asked her to give him a massage. She told then boyfriend Brad Pitt about the unwanted advance. Pitt apparently confronted Weinstein at the Broadway opening of Hamlet, telling him, “If you ever make her feel uncomfortable again, I’ll kill you.”

Rosie McGowan, Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Mira Sorvino and Asia Argento are among Weinstein’s high profile accusers, some of whom’s careers were hindered or completely sidelined as a result of their dealings with Weinstein who wielded enormous power in Hollywood, able to make and break careers.

McGowan is perhaps Weinstein’s most vocal accuser, alleging that he raped her during the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. Of his arrest, McGowan said to GMA, “I have to admit I didn’t think I would see the day that he would have handcuffs on him.”

The #MeToo movement gained steam following revelations about Weinstein’s misconduct, with other powerful figures like Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and most recently, Morgan Freeman, also accused of sexual harassment.

Weinstein, who posted $1 million bail, maintains his innocence, with his lawyer Benjamin Brafman saying after the arraignment, “Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone. Nothing about today’s proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein’s position. He has entered a plea of not guilty and fully expects to be exonerated.”

Weinstein’s movements will be restricted to New York and Connecticut, and he will be monitored electronically as he awaits trial.

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