Former Hollywood studio executive Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to police Friday morning. He was arrested shortly after leaving the precinct, and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse, and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two different women.
“The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice,” the New York Police Department said in a statement.
More than 50 women have come forward with allegations against Weinstein since The New York Times and The New Yorker published investigations into his alleged history of sexual assault and harassment. The allegations date back over the past 30 years.
In response to the Times’ investigation, Weinstein released a statement partially acknowledging the accusations against him. “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it,” he said. But in response to The New Yorker’s reporting, Weinstein issued a statement denying claims of nonconsensual sex. “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” the statement read in part.
Some of Weinstein’s accusers, like Rose McGowan and Asia Argento, reacted to his arrest in real time Friday morning. Here’s a sampling of what they've said so far:
We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you
- rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) May 25, 2018
I'm crying. This is one step in the right direction, there is still a long road ahead, but for every person who has been abused, for those of us who have spoken either publicly or privately to bring these abusers down, this is a victory.
- Sarah Ann Masse (@SarahAnnMasse) May 25, 2018
Harvey Weinstein ain’t smiling now https://t.co/upZJRxGPeO
- Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) May 25, 2018
- lysette anthony (@chezLysette) May 25, 2018
- Louisette Geiss (@louisettegeiss) May 25, 2018
Been waiting for this day for so long! So happy that he is getting what he deserves! pic.twitter.com/tCF73kOeWc
- Ashley Matthau (@AshleyMatthau) May 25, 2018
It’s about time: Harvey Weinstein turned himself in this morning and is in police custody. Today, instead of focusing on him, I will be celebrating all of the powerful women out there. This is just the beginning #TheFutureIsFemalehttps://t.co/OexdY6U809
- Heather Graham (@imheathergraham) May 25, 2018
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