Weinstein accusers Rose McGowan, Asia Argento respond to arrest: ‘We got you’

Brenda Watkins
Мая 27, 2018

The 66-year-old former studio boss walked into the downtown Manhattan police station shortly before 7.30am (1130 GMT) wearing a white shirt, pale blue sweater and dark blazer before a mob of television cameras and photographers. He kept his head down and didn't respond to reporters who shouted, "Are you guilty?"

Actress Rose McGowan, who accused Harvey Weinstein of rape, applauded the arrest of the Hollywood media mogul in NY on Friday. He was arraigned later that morning, and was charged with rape in the first degree for two alleged incidences involving two different women in 2013 and 2014. She was among the first women to speak out about the producer.

After the arraignment, his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, announced that Weinstein intends to plead not guilty.

At least 80 women have accused him of sexual misconduct, but the charges are connected to three cases that fall within New York's statute of limitations, according to the New York Daily News.

Evans told The New Yorker magazine in October that Weinstein forced her to perform a sexual act on him during a meeting at his office in New York City.

Speaking to Megyn Kelly, McGowan added, "I don't ever want to see him again".

"Anyone know where I can get front row seats?!"

"I still have very guarded hopes", the actress said.

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance had been under enormous public pressure to bring a criminal case against Weinstein.

"Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood and to the extent that there is bad behavior in that industry, that is not what this is about". Weinstein's attorney Ben Brafman arranged for him to surrender before a sitting grand jury took any action.

But one photo that we won't see, at least not officially, is Weinstein's mugshot. That investigation is in its preliminary stages. Several actresses and models accused him of criminal sexual assaults, but numerous encounters happened too long ago for any prosecution.

Film actress Rose McGowan said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah, "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992 and Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008. "It's both", she said.

The statute of limitations for rape and certain other sex crimes in NY was eliminated in 2006, but not for attacks that happened prior to 2001.

In an earlier interview with ABC, McGowan said, in reference to the justice she and his other victims feel, "we were sentenced to a prison, we were sentenced to years of it before anybody believed us".

A number of women spoke proudly of their conviction that the Weinstein case, and the #MeToo reckoning that it sparked, would have a profound and permanent impact on how society treats powerful abusers - and those who come forward to accuse them.

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