Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to police Friday morning in New York City. He is being arrested on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him, a source told CNN.
The source says, “Prosecutors will charge Weinstein with first- and third-degree rape in one case and a first-degree sex act in a second case.”
Weinstein is expected to appear in court later today. According to a law enforcement source, his bond is expected to be set at $2 million.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Weinstein is also under investigation for alleged sex crimes in Los Angeles and London. Federal prosecutors in New York have begun a sex crimes investigation involving him.
The Harvey Weinstein scandal was sparked by a New York Times story published on Oct. 5, 2017, in which eight women, including Ashley Judd, spoke out about the mogul’s sexual misconduct. Since that bombshell revelation, many more actresses have come forward with horror stories, including Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne, Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette.
In October, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors announced that it had voted “well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel [Harvey Weinstein] from the Academy.”
While the industry he once called home has held him accountable for the horrible things he did to women, the charges being filed against Weinstein by the New York City District Attorney are necessary. Not only do the charges further validate these women’s stories, they will also hopefully land Weinstein in prison where he belongs.
Before Harvey Weinstein was unveiled as an inside-the-industry predator — a misogynistic sexual harasser, alleged rapist and all-around creator of toxic environments for seemingly every woman who encountered him in a span of 30 years — there was the Fox News duo of Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly. Before them, it was Bill Cosby. Even our orange commander-in-chief has been documented bragging about sexual assault against women.
Eight women just accused Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior. They say it happened on movie sets, at his company and in interviews. And the list goes on.