LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Gals in Hollywood expressed aid, hope and vindication on Friday as motion picture producer Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape after a long time of alleged sexual misconduct.
Weinstein was met by dozens of photographers and digicam crews as he walked into a New York Town law enforcement station to be charged with two counts of rape and a person depend of a prison sexual act involving two unidentified women of all ages. He was later on introduced on a $1 million money bond.
Weinstein, 66, denies owning nonconsensual sexual intercourse with anyone, and his legal professional stated his consumer would plead not responsible.
Italian actress Asia Argento, a person of additional than 70 women of all ages who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, dwell-tweeted his surrender.
“This is the only motion picture Harvey Weinstein will be remembered for #perpwalk,” Argento wrote. “Today Harvey Weinstein will choose his 1st move on his unavoidable descent to hell.”
Weinstein was charged after a 7-month investigation in New York and additional than 20 a long time of alleged misconduct.
Actress Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of raping her in 1997, stated on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” application that she by no means thought this working day would appear.
“We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you,” McGowan later on tweeted.
The accusations against the co-founder of the Miramax film studio aided give increase to the #MeToo movement, in which individuals shared tales of sexual abuse, and the Time’s Up campaign against office sexual harassment.
In a statement, the Time’s Up campaign welcomed the rates against “a gentleman whose steps ended up so egregious that they spawned a world reckoning.”
“Boogie Nights” actress Heather Graham, who has spoken of unsettling encounters with Weinstein in the early 2000s, wrote on Twitter that, alternatively of concentrating on him, she would be celebrating impressive women of all ages.
“This is just the commencing #TheFutureIsFemale,” Graham tweeted.
Among many others weighing in: “Mighty Aphrodite” star Mira Sorvino, who tweeted “#Justice” future to a information report about Weinstein.
Louisette Geiss, yet another of Weinstein’s accusers, tweeted that it was about time. “Elated and so very pleased to stand future to the courageous women of all ages & guys who are creating a new normal.”
There was no immediate public reaction from other stars who have spoken of currently being harassed by Weinstein, which includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Salma Hayek.
New York Times journalist Jodi Kantor, who shared a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the Weinstein allegations, on Twitter listed the reactions she experienced heard from victims. They integrated tears of aid and irreparable loss, outright joy and nausea.
“The frequent denominator: problems sleeping past evening,” Kantor wrote.
Reporting by Eric Kelsey and Jill Serjeant modifying by Jonathan Oatis