Earlier this morning, disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein pled not guilty to rape and other sexual misconduct charges in a Manhattan criminal court.
Weinstein, who became the centre of a sexual harassment firestorm which engulfed the movie industry last year, had turned himself in to New York police earlier in the morning. He walked into the 1st precinct building with a number of books under his arm (including a biography of vilified director Elia Kazan, who named names during the 1950s Red Scare and blacklist) and emerged later, after his arrest, in handcuffs.
Announced by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.—son of Carter-era Secretary of State Cyrus Vance—Weinstein’s charges included one count each of Rape in the First Degree, Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, and Rape in the Third Degree.
While more than 8o women have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct, the charges stem from specific incidents with two different women in 2004 and 2013.
Weinstein, who maintains his innocence, was released on $10 million cash bail and forced to surrender his passport. He has agreed to wear a GPS tracking device and to a travel ban outside of New York and Connecticut.