Harvey Weinstein Finally Surrenders to Authorities on Sex Crime Charges

Harvey Weinstein surrendered to authorities in Manhattan Friday morning to face charges of rape and sexual abuse stemming from an investigation launched by the Manhattan District Attorney and New York Police Department. The alleged incidents took place in 2013 and 2004 and involve two women. 

“We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges,” Weinstein’s lawyer Benjamin Braffman said. “We believe that they are constitutionally flawed. We believe that they are not factually supported by the evidence and we believe that at the end of the process Mr. Weinstein will be exonerated.”

The disgraced movie executive has been the subject of multiple criminal investigations in the wake of explosive accounts first published in the New York Times and New Yorker last year that detailed allegations of abuse, rape, and sexual misconduct by dozens of women, including a string of high-profile actresses, against Weinstein. After the women went public with their stories seven months ago, the once-powerful movie producer has been in relative hiding, checking himself into an Arizona sex addiction rehabilitation center to escape the paparazzi.

However, according to a recent Vanity Fair report Weinstein never completed his stint. He has denied any wrongdoing.

This post has been updated.

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