Harvey Weinstein was arrested this morning on rape charges, a culmination of months of investigation triggered by the blistering New York Times expose in which many women accused him of sexual assault and harassment.
Weinstein turned himself into the New York City Police Department and appeared in court on charges of first- and third-degree rape and committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree.
The charges involved two separate women in 2013 and 2004, the Manhattan district attorney said in a statement. If convicted, Weinstein could face up to 25 years in prison.
During his arraignment hearing, the judge set a $1 million bond. Weinstein will have to wear a GPS monitoring system and is restricted to travel in New York and Connecticut.
The disgraced mogul's attorney attorney Benjamin Brafman said in a statement, "Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone. Nothing about today's proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein's position. He has entered a plea of not guilty and fully expects to be exonerated."
This may not be the last of Weinstein's legal troubles; investigations are also underway by police in Los Angeles and London.
Some of his accusers responded with surprise and relief at Weinstein's arrest:
We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) May 25, 2018