Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan: ‘We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you’

Tanya Cunningham
May 28, 2018

"People are so sad, and they are so sick of it", McGowan said of the many other powerful men who have faced sexual misconduct allegations since Weinstein's downfall.

Film producer Harvey Weinstein leaves the New York Police Department's 1st Precinct in Manhattan in New York May 25, 2018. He said his client would plead not guilty to the charges of rape, sexual abuse, sexual misconduct and a criminal sex act in relation to two different women.

"Your honor, the defendant is before the court charged with two violent B felonies for two separate violent sexual assaults against two women", said top Manhattan prosecutor Joan Illuzzi.

"I haven't come out of the shock of it yet", she said.

Less than 90 minutes later, the 66-year-old left in handcuffs and smiling before being taken to a Manhattan court where he was arraigned on the charges.

Weinstein flinched as he heard the description. Weinstein agreed to post $1 million cash bail, wear an electronic monitor and not travel beyond NY and CT.

Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to Rape in New York
Harvey Weinstein charged with rape after turning himself into authorities in New York

Police in Los Angeles and London have also been investigating reports filed against Weinstein by multiple women.

After talking and writing about the case for so long, including in a recent memoir, "Brave", McGowan, 44, said it came as a huge surprise when news of the legal case finally came.

Mr Brafman said his job is "not to defend behaviour", adding "my job is to defend something that is criminal behaviour". "My job is to defend against accusations that something was criminal". Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood. "For behavior that does not belong in this industry, does not belong in any industry or workplace". "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein", the statement read in part.

The prosecutor told the court Weinstein had used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually. "He has entered a plea of not guilty and fully expects to be exonerated".

"We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges". Among them is Rose McGowan, who says Weinstein raped her at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. At around 8:48 a.m., he came out of the precinct and was in handcuffs, grimacing as reporters shouted questions such as "Harvey do you have any comment?" and snapped photos and videos of him. Brafman says he doesn't think a jury would believe Weinstein's accusers - if potential jurors are "not consumed by the movement that seems to have consumed this case". It would be the first criminal case against Weinstein since the revelations about him erupted last October and sparked the cultural "reckoning" that became the MeToo movement.

"Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", said District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.


Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER