The criminal sex act charge stems from a 2004 encounter between Weinstein and Lucia Evans, a then-aspiring actress who has said the Hollywood mogul forced her to perform oral sex on him during a daytime meeting in his office in 2004. In 2015, Ambra Gutierrez, 25, a Filipina-Italian model, went to the NY police claiming that Mr Weinstein had groped her in his office.
Weinstein's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, declined to comment, though Weinstein has said repeatedly through his lawyers that he didn't have non-consensual sex with anyone.
Speaking in court, Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, a Manhattan assistant attorney, said Weinstein used " his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually".
Reuters reports that Weinstein was granted bail at $1 million cash or $10 million bond Weinstein's arrest comes less than a month after the company he co-founded, Weinstein Co., won court approval to sell itself to Lantern Entertainment in a deal worth about $437 million.
The actress said she never wants to see Weinstein again, but if she did, she would tell him, "We got you". 'May this give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere'.
As women opened up about Weinstein's history of sexually abusing and assaulting them, women from across the world come forward with their own accounts of being sexually harassed and assaulted by powerful men, triggering the global #MeToo movement. The accusations, first reported a year ago by the New York Times and the New Yorker, gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment of misconduct.
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"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. "I tried to get away, but maybe I didn't try hard enough". "At a certain point, you have to think about the greater good of humanity, of womankind", she told the magazine.
"He forced me to perform oral sex on him", she said. With his arm held by a detective, Weinstein was brought in a back entrance of the courtroom and walked in a half-circle; he dazedly looked around the room and appeared to mouth the word "wow" as he entered.
Otherwise, he has been hit by a litany of civil lawsuits and The Weinstein Company - which sacked him - has since filed for bankruptcy.
"It was like it was just another day for him", Evans said.
Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez went to police, accusing Weinstein of groping and harassing her in 2015, but the district attorney ultimately decided that evidence was insufficient to prosecute.
Ahead of his arrest, Weinstein is more concerned about his family than himself.
But, unlike those with tales of sexual harassment and misconduct, McGowan was among the few who accused him of assault. He was the cult leader of Hollywood, I would say.