Strange behavior of a man facing serious charges but Weinstein has the capital to potentially drag this case out indefinitely. Weinstein’s smile quickly faded by the time he reached the courthouse.
According to Fashion Week Daily, the former Hollywood kingpin has been arrested and charged with one count of first-degree rape, one count of third-degree rape, as well as one count of a first-degree criminal sex act. The Manhattan district attorney’s office confirmed Friday that the charges stem from the testimony of two victims, saying the felonies involve “forcible sexual acts against two women in 2013 and 2004, respectively.”
While the rape victim has not be identified, the criminal sex act charges stem from an encounter with Luca Evans, who told the DA’s office that Mr. Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him during what she expected would be a casting at the Miramax office in TriBeCa.
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Weinstein faces charges of first- and third-degree rape, along with first-degree criminal sexual act; all three are class B felonies. If convicted, he faces a maximum 25 years in prison on each of the two first-degree counts. He intends to enter a not guilty plea to all charges, his attorney said.
The ex-film executive posted $10 million bond and was released from custody pending his next court appearance. He must wear an ankle monitor, surrender his passport and restrict his travel to New York City and Connecticut. Should he need to travel outside those states, he will require court and prosecutorial approval. The prosecutor also requested an order of protection against a woman whose name will be kept sealed.
Weinstein said nothing to reporters as he got into a waiting SUV and drove off. Attorney Benjamin Brafman said outside court he and his client would move quickly to have charges dismissed. Brafman said he finds the charges to be constitutionally flawed and not factually supported by evidence, and he said he’s confident that “at the end of this process, Mr. Weinstein will be exonerated.”
Weinstein has said repeatedly through his lawyers over the course of the seven-month probe that he never had non-consensual sex with anyone — and Brafman reiterated that assertion on Friday after court.