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Harvey Weinstein charged with rape and a criminal sex act with $1M bail posted

Harvey Weinstein charged with rape and a criminal sex act with $1M bail posted

Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has been released on $1 million bail, following his arraignment Friday.

He was charged in Manhattan court with rape, criminal sex act and other sex charges stemming from encounters with two women.

Accused by more than 80 women, Weinstein  surrendered to the New York Police Department and Manhattan District Attorney’s office Friday morning.

At the arraignment, Weinstein agreed to wear an electronic monitoring device, paid for at his own expense.

Weinstein was instructed he could only travel in New York state and Connecticut. Should he desire to go to another state, he has to seek permission. Weinstein has received a grand jury notice and by May 30 will opt to testify or not.

The victim has received an order of protection and will be identified to the court, prosecution and defense but will otherwise remain anonymous.

The next hearing is scheduled for July 30.

Weinstein turned himself in at NYPD’s 1st Precinct around 7:30 a.m ET. Carrying books the AP identified as Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution and Elia Kazan about the stage and film director in his right hand, Weinstein was noticeably struggling to walk. He hobbled into the precinct clad in a dark blazer and white-collared shirt beneath a blue sweater.

Weinstein left the station before 9 a.m. in handcuffs headed to court for his arraignment.

As Weinstein headed into the courthouse, AP reports he was questioned by the crowd. “You sorry, Harvey?” someone shouted. The question “What can you say?” was also raised. In reply, Weinstein softly shook his head and answered “No.”

Weinstein has consistently denied any allegations of non-consensual sex. His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said Friday that he would fight to get the charges dismissed, saying they’re factually unsupported and constitutionally flawed.

Brafman issued a statement to USA TODAY following Friday’s proceedings, reiterating his client’s stance. “Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone. Nothing about today’s proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein’s position. He has entered a plea of not guilty and fully expects to be exonerated.”

Police expressed their gratitude to Weinstein’s accusers. “The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice,” a statement read. “The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.”

When discussing the accusations facing his client, Brafman reminded reporters Friday his job isn’t “to defend behavior; my job is to defend something that is criminal behavior.”

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