Vindication, triumph, also fear: Weinstein accusers react

Vindication, triumph, also fear: Weinstein accusers react

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein appeared in handcuffs in a NY court on Friday to face charges of rape and other sex crimes against two of the scores of women who have accused him of misconduct, ending his reign as a Hollywood kingpin.

"Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein".

Weinstein was released after posting $1 million bail and was fitted with a monitoring device which will track his movements. He surrendered his passport and is court ordered to wear a Global Positioning System tracking device.

After the arraignment, his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, announced that Weinstein intends to plead not guilty.

Friday's are the first criminal charges against Weinstein in the scandal that began last fall.

Women in Hollywood expressed relief, hope and vindication on Friday as movie producer Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape after decades of alleged sexual misconduct.

More than 75 women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing.

Weinstein arrived at the station house shortly at about 7.25am local time on Friday (9.25pm AEST) wearing a dark jacket over a blue sweater and white open-collared shirt and dark denim jeans, carrying what appeared to be three thick books under his right arm.

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But Matthew Belloni, the editorial director at The Hollywood Reporter, has seen a few court cases in his time and says it may take up to a year. Dozens of women have come forward with stories accusing him of sexual misdeeds ranging from harassment to assault. "I thank the fearless survivors who have come forward, and my office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation ..."

"One of the hardest conversations I had over and over again with these courageous women was that in addition to the sacrifice they were making in telling this story, they didn't think they would ever be heard if they did take that leap, let alone to see actual accountability", he said.

Film actress Rose McGowan said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah, "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992 and Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008. However, the Oscar winning producer's lawyer says he plans to appeal to get the case tossed out. He said his client entered a plea of not guilty, and will attempt to have the charges dismissed. The NYPD is also looking into an accusation by another woman who said he assaulted her in her apartment eight years ago.

In a statement, District Attorney Cy Vance said the charges stem from incidents involving two women in 2013 and 2004, respectively.

Harvey Weinstein was arrested, but all hopes were crushed when he was soon out on m bail.

"I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein's survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law", McGowan said in a statement.

"Among others weighing in: "Mighty Aphrodite star Mira Sorvino, who tweeted "#Justice" next to a news report about Weinstein.

McGowan said she has been talking with another one of Weinstein's accusers about possibly attending some of the courtroom proceedings.

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