Hear some of Harvey Weinstein's accusers We believe that they are not factually supported by the evidence, and we believe that at the end of the process Mr. Weinstein will be exonerated. Weinstein leaves the police precinct Friday in New York. It was a scene not unlike the red carpet walks he used to do, further highlighting how far he has fallen since dozens of women came forward in the New York Times and the New Yorker to publicly accuse him of sexual misconduct.
After being processed, Weinstein left the precinct office, his hands cuffed behind his back, and got into a large black SUV. Other investigations under way Weinstein is also under investigation for alleged sex crimes in Los Angeles and London. Federal prosecutors in New York have started a sex crimes investigation involving him, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The charges follow a flood of accusations against Weinstein that led women around the world to come forward with accounts of being sexually harassed by powerful men.
His accusers welcomed the news as a sign that the tables were finally turning -- not only on him but on other accused predators. Why women hesitate to report sexual misconduct "I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein's survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law.
Twenty years ago, I swore that I would right this wrong. Today we are one step closer to justice," actress Rose McGowan, one of the first women to publicly accuse Weinstein of assault, said Thursday. I stand with my fellow survivors. May this give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere that are telling their truths," she said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
Dozens of accusations Weinstein has been accused of rape, assault and other forms of sexual misconduct. Weinstein's representative has said he sought treatment after the accusations, and Brafman repeated in his statement Friday that his client has said he "never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone.
Paz de la Huerta , another Weinstein accuser, declined to comment on the news. Unfortunately, the damage he has done to women can never be undone.
He belongs in prison. Weinstein has kept a low profile since his downfall. He was fired from the company that bears his name just days after the allegations first surfaced in the media.
The Weinstein Company filed for bankruptcy earlier this year and what remains of it is set to be sold. His wife, Georgina Chapman, left him in October.