PARIS (REUTERS, AFP) – Women in Hollywood expressed aid, hope and vindication on Friday (May 25) as film producer Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape after many years of alleged sexual misconduct.
Weinstein was met by dozens of photographers and digicam crews as he walked right into a New York City police station to be charged with two counts of rape and one depend of a legal sexual act involving two unidentified girls. He was later launched on a US$1 million (S$1.three million) money bond.
Weinstein, 66, denies having nonconsensual intercourse with anybody, and his legal professional mentioned his shopper would plead not responsible.
Italian actress Asia Argento, one among greater than 70 girls who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, live-tweeted his give up.
“This is the only movie Harvey Weinstein will be remembered for #perpwalk,” Argento wrote. “Today, Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell.”
Weinstein was charged after a seven-month investigation in New York and greater than 20 years of alleged misconduct.
Actress Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of raping her in 1997, mentioned on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today programme that she by no means believed at the present time would come.
“We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you,” McGowan later tweeted.
Actress Louise Godbold mentioned she was “elated”.
“I’m glad we’re finally seeing something that looks like closure,” mentioned Godbold, a 55-year-old former movie producer, who heads a parenting and training NGO in Los Angeles.
In an Oct 9 weblog publish and Democracy Now TV interview, British-born Godbold alleged that Weinstein cornered her whereas giving her a tour of his workplace in 1991, begged her for a therapeutic massage and put her hand on his crotch.
She additionally described one other encounter a couple of weeks later in a collection in a Los Angeles resort, the place she says Weinstein stripped bare and pressured her into giving him a therapeutic massage.
While she isn’t concerned within the case towards him, Godbold mentioned that if convicted of rape Weinstein ought to obtain “the same punishment our society deems the right punishment for rapists, regardless of status.”
She additionally desires to see the fallen film titan stripped of “his power, his wealth and his influence because I don’t want ever for anyone, Harvey or anyone like him, to be able to use those things to dominate and abuse other people.”
The accusations towards the co-founder of the Miramax movie studio helped give rise to the #MeToo motion, during which folks shared tales of sexual abuse, and the Time’s Up marketing campaign towards office sexual harassment.
In an announcement, the Time’s Up marketing campaign welcomed the costs towards “a man whose actions were so egregious that they spawned a global reckoning.”
Boogie Nights actress Heather Graham, who has spoken of unsettling encounters with Weinstein within the early 2000s, wrote on Twitter that, as a substitute of specializing in him, she could be celebrating highly effective girls.
“This is just the beginning #TheFutureIsFemale,” Graham tweeted.
Among others weighing in: Mighty Aphrodite star Mira Sorvino, who tweeted “#Justice” subsequent to a news report about Weinstein.
Louisette Geiss, one other of Weinstein’s accusers, tweeted that it was about time. “Elated and so proud to stand next to the brave women & men who are creating a new normal.”
There was no fast public response from different stars who have spoken of being harassed by Weinstein, together with Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Salma Hayek.
New York Times journalist Jodi Kantor, who shared a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the Weinstein allegations, on Twitter listed the reactions she had heard from victims. They included tears of aid and irreparable loss, outright pleasure and nausea.
“The common denominator: trouble sleeping last night,” Kantor wrote.