Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was arrested and charged Friday with rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse, and sexual misconduct involving two separate women, the first criminal proceedings initiated against him since dozens of women came forward with allegations against him.
Later, at Manhattan Supreme Court, Weinstein was released on $1 million cash bail. His passport was confiscated, he needs to wear a 24-hour monitoring device, and he can't travel outside New York and Connecticut. It was revealed in court that one of the women has an order of protection against him.
He will testify before a grand jury next week and is due back in court July 30.
His lawyer, Ben Brafman, said he will plead not guilty.
"We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges. We believe that they are constitutionally flawed. 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," Brafman told reporters outside the courthouse.
The criminal complaint against Weinstein details two acts with two women.
The first happened during the daytime between June and September of 2004, inside Weinstein's West Village home at 375 Greenwich Street. Weinstein forced a woman to "engage in oral sexual conduct, to wit, defendant grabbed the back of informant's head forcing her head downward and forcing her mouth onto his penis," according to the complaint.
The second incident happened on March 18, 2013, in the morning, at a at a hotel in Midtown Manhattan, the complaint said. Weinstein is charged with keeping a woman "physically against her will in a room and engaged in sexual intercourse with informant by forcible compulsion, to wit, defendant penetrated informant's vagina with his penis and, at the time of the incident informant had clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act."
If convicted of all charges, it's possible Weinstein could face 25 years to life in prison, Vincent Spata, a criminal defense attorney in New York, estimated.
The former Hollywood power broker — whose arrest some of his alleged victims said is something they never thought would come to pass — was hauled around lower Manhattan in handcuffs Friday, hanging his head as he sat on a bench in arraignment court.
Weinstein's day began when he turned himself in to the NYPD at the 1st Precinct in Tribeca shortly before 7:30 a.m.
Wearing a light blue sweater, collared shirt, and jacket, Weinstein held three books, one of which appeared to be a biography of celebrated director Elia Kazan, who in the 1950s, as the New York Times put it, also "named names before the House Un-American Activities Committee investigating Communist influences in Hollywood."
He also appeared to be carrying the book Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution — a double biography about how two titans of entertainment reshaped their industry.
About 90 minutes later he was perp-walked out in handcuffs.