Harvey Weinstein posts $1M CASH bail, agrees to wear GPS bracelet and plans to enter a plea of NOT GUILTY after he is seen smiling and laughing while being booked on rape charges .
Harvey Weinstein was all smiles as he was charged with multiple counts of rape in a New York courtroom on Friday.
The 66-year-old disgraced movie mogul was arrested, processed and booked for the alleged sexual assault of two women shortly after 7:30am, arriving alone in a chauffeured SUV before being taken in to the station by two detectives.
He also handed over a cashier’s check to cover the $1 million cash bond before leaving the court, with Weinstein heading off alone to be fitted for his electronic monitoring bracelet.
Weinstein was ordered to remain in New York or Connecticut as he prepares to face trial, and Brafman said outside court that Weinstein will enter a plea of not guilty.
‘Deponent states that he is informed by a person known to the District Attorney’s Office that on one occasion between June and September of 2004, in the daytime hours, inside of 375 Greenwich Street in the County and State of New York, defendant forced informant to engage in oral sexual conduct, to wit, defendant grabbed the back of informant’s head forcing her head downward and forcing her mouth onto his penis,’ reads the criminal complaint.
‘Deponent further states that he is informed by a second person known to the District Attorney’s Office that on March 18, 2013, in the morning hours at 569 Lexington Avenue, in the County and State of New York, defendant kept informant physically against her will in a room and engaged in sexual intercourse with informant by forcible compulsion, to wit, defendant penetrated informant’s vagina with his penis and, at the time of the incident informant had clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act.’
Outside court his lawyer stated: ‘I anticipate that the women who have made these allegations, when subjected to cross-examination … in the event we get that far … will not be believed by 12 people.’
He then incoluded a caveat, adding: ‘Assuming we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case.’
One of the women accusing Weinstein, Lucia Evans, claimed that she was forced to perform oral sex on him at the then-Miramax offices in Tribeca.
The second woman worked with Weinstein when she claims he forced himself on her in a hotel at the DoubleTree Hilton.
In the story she described the ‘horror, disbelief, and shame’ she felt after the alleged assault.
Evans confirmed the fact that she was one of the woman who helped bring charges against Weinstein in an interview with The New Yorker on Thursday, saying: ‘At a certain point, you have to think about the greater good of humanity, of womankind.’
‘Today, at the NYPD’s 1st Precinct, Harvey Weinstein was arrested, processed and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women,’ said the NYPD in a statement on Friday morning.
‘The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice. The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.’
Cyrus Vance also released a statement, saying: ‘“Today’s charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation.
‘I thank the brave survivors who have come forward, and my Office’s prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation. I would also like to thank Commissioner James O’Neill and our dedicated partners at the NYPD.’
Weinstein seemed carefree in photos taken by as he strolled into the police precinct in Tribeca, just a few blocks from his old office.
He carried a copy of the Rodgers & Hammerstein biography, Something Wonderful, as well as a book about the life of Elia Kazan.
Kazan, who was once one of the most celebrated directors in Hollywood, also had an epic fall from grace when he exposed communists in Hollywood during his 1952 testimony in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
Weinstein did not have the books on him when he was led out of the station in handcuffs on Friday.
The books were returned to his possession however once he left court.
Weinstein assembled a two-person legal team to defend himself against the claims made by Evans and others last year.
‘We do not believe an indictment of Mr. Weinstein is imminent. A formal presentation will be made on Mr. Weinstein’s behalf in the appropriate course of the investigation, and we strongly believe we will demonstrate that no criminal charges are warranted,’ said his spokesperson at the time.