Harvey Weinstein accusers Rose McGowan and Asia Argento react to his arrest

Monday, 28 May, 2018

Harvey Weinstein arrives for arraignment at Manhattan Criminal Courthouse in handcuffs after being arrested and processed on charges of rape, committing a criminal sex act, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct on 25 May, 2018 in New York City.

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.

Judge Kevin McGrath released Weinstein on $1m bail, with constant electronic monitoring and a ban on traveling beyond NY and the neighbouring state of CT.

On Thursday, The New York Daily News reported that Weinstein, 66, was set to turn himself in on Friday morning.

Although Weinstein didn't enter a plea today, his lawyer, Ben Brafman, says, "Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone".

Since October 2017, more than 80 women have come forward with allegations against Weinstein, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman, Lupita Nyong'o, and Ashley Judd.

He walked into the station clutching several books, apparently including the Rodgers and Hammerstein biography "Something Wonderful" and a volume on late director Elia Kazan.

"The NYPD thanks these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice", police said in a statement. The NYPD did the same, stating it "thanks these courageous survivors who have come forward".

Weinstein was sacked from his company and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Producers Guild of America following detailed allegations of harassment and abuse published by The New York Times and The New Yorker in October.

"I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, ' " she told the publication, adding that in the end, "He's a big guy".

"BOOM", tweeted Italian actress Asia Argento, who has accused Weinstein of raping her at the Cannes film festival in 1997 when she was 21. The 66-year-old Oscar victor was accused of sexual misconduct in investigative reports published by The New York Times and The New Yorker in October 2017.

His attorney also defended Weinstein's actions, stating "Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood". Brafman says Weinstein vehemently denies the charges and will fight to get them dismissed.

The charges came following a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

On Friday she tweeted, "Harvey Weinstein ain't smiling now".

Argento is one of dozens of women who have made allegations against Weinstein. McGowan wanted to see Weinstein behind bars because "we were sentenced to a prison, we were sentenced to years of it before anybody believed us..."

"Even tonight, sitting among you, there are those who still have to be held accountable for their conduct against women", she said.

Sexual assault cases, particularly those that allegedly happened years ago, are notoriously hard to prosecute and often lack substantive forensic evidence.