Karma Never Loses An Address: Harvey Weinstein Surrenders To Police Facing Rape Charges
Former film producer Harvey Weinstein surrendered to New York police this morning to face rape and criminal sex act charges based on evidence by two women. In video obtained by CNN, the 66-year-old emerged from a black SUV looking exhausted and every bit of the definition of disgraced.
According to The New York Times, Weinstein will be charged with first-degree rape and third-degree rape in one case, and with first-degree criminal sex act in another. Anonymous law enforcement officials confirmed this to the newspaper. After he surrendered to the police, he will then be taken to Manhattan Criminal Court to be arraigned.
The criminal sex act charge is based on an encounter with marketing consultant and former aspiring actress Lucia Evans. The 36-year-old told The New Yorker in October 2017 and then, the Manhattan district attorney’s office investigators, that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004 during what she thought was a casting meeting at his office in TriBeCa.
In an interview with Evans yesterday, she confirmed to The New Yorker that she would be pressing charges against Weinstein.
“At a certain point, you have to think about the greater good of humanity, of womankind,” she said.
In the rape case, the name of the victim has not been disclosed.
A bail package was negotiated in advance, so Weinstein will put up $1 million in cash and will agree to wear a monitoring device. He will surrender his passport, and his travel will be restricted.
Weinstein has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting women for years, one being actress Lupita Nyong’o and another being actress Sophie Okonedo. So, when we asked earlier this year whether the #MeToo Movement would actually change anything, we may not have gotten a definitive answer yet, but this is a good start.
Rumors of Weinstein’s disgusting behavior finally turned into something criminally substantial last year, and I think director Ava DuVernay described karmic retribution best when she tweeted “karma never loses an address.”
R. Kelly, that means you, too.
Renese spends her early mornings writing, her days securing insurance for TV shows, and her in-betweens blogging about the silliness and seriousness of life on her blog. Follow Renese on Twitter: @reneseford