(New York, NY-AP) — Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has reportedly reached a 44-million dollar settlement with women who accused him of sexual assault.
The Wall Street Journal says board members of his former film studio and the New York Attorney General’s office have reached an agreement.
The deal will reportedly include 30-million dollars in cash for the alleged victims as well as former company employees, creditors and lawyers. Weinstein still faces criminal charges in connection with two alleged attacks in 2013 and 2006.
(New York, NY-AP) — The Harvey Weinstein sex assault case is headed to trial. A Manhattan judge just refused to dismiss criminal charges against the disgraced movie mogul. The 66-year-old is facing five rape and sex assault charges after one sex assault charge was dismissed earlier. Weinstein’s lawyer, Ben Brafman, argued that the entire case was tainted by botched police work, including alleged interference by Police Detective Nicholas DiGaudio with a witness and accuser.
But, Assistant District Attorney Kevin Wilson said there’s no way allegations against the detective have prejudiced the case. More than 80 women across the nation have come forward since late last year to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct, prompting the Me Too movement.
(New York City, NY-AP) — Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer will ask a New York judge today to dismiss sex assault charges against his client. Weinstein will be back in court today with his attorney, Ben Brafman. Brafman will claim that police misconduct has “irreparably tainted” the sex assault case against the 66-year-old movie producer.
If the judge allows the case to continue, he could set a trial date today. Weinstein is facing five counts for an alleged rape in 2013 and for alleged forced sex in 2006. He could face life in prison if convicted. Over 80 women have accused the disgraced movie mogul of sexual misconduct.
(New York, NY) – Disgraced movie executive Harvey Weinstein is out on bail in New York City. After surrendering to police yesterday and answering charges, Weinstein agreed to turn in his passport and wear an ankle monitoring device.
He pled not guilty to felony sex crime charges in front of a Manhattan judge. Weinstein is charged with first- and third-degree rape, and first degree criminal sexual act for forced sex acts against two women in 2004 and 2013. Per the terms of his bail his travel is restricted to New York and Connecticut.
Investigative reports from “The New York Times” and “The New Yorker” uncovered numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against the 66-year-old Oscar winner this past fall, accusations he denies.
(SW) – Actress Ashley Judd is filing suit against Harvey Weinstein for allegedly sexually harassing her and damaging her career. She claims the disgraced film producer got back at her for refusing his sexual advances in the 90’s by telling the casting directors for the “Lord of the Rings” movies she was horrible to work with.
Judd says the alleged comment convinced the directors not to put her in the films, and also restricted her ability to find other work.
Her suit also includes claims from Uma Therman, Salma Hayek and other actresses who say Weinstein threatened to harm their careers if they turned down sexual advances.
The 66-year-old is facing multiple other suits from actresses accusing him of sexual harassment and assault. He is also currently under investigation in New York, Los Angeles and London.
(SL) – I think for the bulk of the population the sexual harassment allegations have been pretty exhausting. Mostly, in part, because not all of them are with merit. If you examine some of these stories carefully, you’ll find that some of these women simply sold themselves short in an effort to get ahead or for personal satisfaction, over exaggerated a man’s attempt to make a pass at her or simply just lied.I have no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has had some questionable behavior but when Salma Hayek voiced her disgust and accused him of forcing her into a lesbian love scene for ‘Frida’ it really made me think about just how many women possibly played themselves with this man to get what they want. Reading Salma’s story, I never once read ‘he held me down and forced me to engage in this behavior on screen’.
I read accusations that claimed the only way she could get the movie made was if she ‘added’ the lesbian scene which at any given time she could’ve said ‘ no thanks’. BUT she was so eager to complete the project that she added the scene. Fast forward, and now years later, she wants to say ‘He forced me to do it’. NO, he didn’t. You agreed to add the scene to get your movie made. I’ve also been paying attention to the accusations made against Russell Simmons. Keri Claussen Khaligi said she ‘acquiesced’ and performed oral sex on him. That is not rape.
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(SM) – Authorities in Virginia have issued a warrant for actress Rose McGowan. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says she left a piece of luggage behind at Dulles International Airport and it tested positive for narcotics.
The incident was reported after McGowan made an appearance at the Women’s March on Washington in January.
In recent weeks, McGowan has been among the most vocal critics of the Hollywood establishment, accusing producer Harvey Weinstein of rape.
McGowan took to twitter and wrote:
“Are they trying to silence me? There’s a warrant for my arrest in Virginia. What a load of HORSESHIT.”
(SL) – Actress Rose McGowan is claiming she was “blacklisted” from Hollywood because she is a victim of rape. The actress accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein last week of rape, adding her name to the slew of women who’ve come forward to accuse the entertainment mogul of sexual assault.
McGowan says she was threatened with being expelled from Hollywood after reporting she was allegedly raped.
The “Independent” reports McGowan said she has between 150 and 200 people she would be able to subpoena to back up her testimony. McGowan added she actually has a signed document from the time of the attack.
The list of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers is getting longer. British actress Lysette Anthony told “The Sunday Times” the movie mogul raped her in her own home in the late 1980s.
She said she reported the incident to police on Wednesday. An ex-Miramax employee using the pseudonym “Sarah Smith” told “The Mail” on Sunday she was raped by Weinstein in the basement of his London Office.
She said she’s so traumatized that she’s kept quiet for 25 years. Today, British police said they’re investigating three new assault incidents involving the same woman from 2010, 2011 and 2015 involving a man who was accused in a separate incident on Wednesday. Police did not name Weinstein specifically.
(SL) – A major Hollywood heavyweight is taking a leave of absence after a report about sexual harassment accusations. Harvey Weinstein is at the center of a “New York Times” story that cites dozens of current and former employees and associates who accuse the studio exec of inappropriate sexual behavior, including actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan.
In a statement to the “Times,” Weinstein said he is planning to take the leave from the Weinstein Company and is working with a therapist to address his past behavior. He said he sincerely apologizes for the pain caused by his past behavior with colleagues. The “Times” says Weinstein has reached confidential settlements with at least eight women.
The Weinstein Company’s films include many critically acclaimed titles including “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”