Harvey Weinstein was charged on Friday morning with three felony counts of rape and criminal sex. Here’s what we know about the accusations behind the two rape charges.
One rape charge is first degree, the other is third degree. They stem from an unidentified accuser who said Weinstein kept her against her will and sexually assaulted her in a room at the DoubleTree Metropolitan hotel in midtown Manhattan in 2013.
According to the criminal complaint, filed Friday by Manhattan Assistant DA Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, Weinstein “kept informant physically against her will in a room and engaged in sexual intercourse with informant by forcible compulsion, to wit, defendant penetrated informant’s vagina with his penis and, at the time of the incident informant had clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act.” The complaint says the incident happened on March 18, 2013 at 569 Lexington Ave (the address of the DoubleTree Metropolitan Hotel).
Weinstein “engaged in sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion,” read the complaint, in part, referencing the 2013 incident outlined in the report.
Weinstein’s Friday arrest comes after what the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office called “a monthslong investigation” conducted with the help of the New York City Police Department. Illuzzi said Friday the D.A.’s office continues to investigate additional victims and other accusations involving the disgraced movie mogul.
The other felony Weinstein was charged with, first-degree criminal sex act, comes from a case involving aspiring actress Lucia Evans in 2004.
Weinstein, 66, surrendered to authorities at Manhattan’s first precinct in Tribeca, just blocks away from the offices of his former film and TV empire. Weinstein entered a not guilty plea and was released on $1 million cash bail. He will have to wear a monitoring device around his ankle, and is expected to surrender his passport and have restrictions placed on his travel.
Many of the accusations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein that have come to light are past the statute of limitations. But according to the New York Times, Evans’ case and that of the unnamed woman are exempt from expiration because they involved forcible compulsion.
The Oscar-winning producer is still under investigation by authorities in London and Los Angeles for accusations made by other women. Federal prosecutors are also looking into whether Weinstein’s conduct broke federal stalking laws and reviewing his finances on possible fraud charges, according to the Times. He also faces several lawsuits, including a class-action RICO suit filed by several of his accusers and a separate one filed by actress Ashley Judd, who accused him of sabotaging her career.
Weinstein posted $1 million bail on Friday following his arraignment and surrendered his passport. He will be fitted with an electronic monitoring device, according to The Washington Post, and face travel restrictions.