Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein appeared in handcuffs in a New York court on Friday to face charges of rape and other sex crimes against two of the scores of women who have accused him of misconduct, ending his reign as a Hollywood kingpin. Weinstein, the 66-year-old co-founder of the Miramax film studio and the Weinstein Co, intends to plead not guilty to the charges, his attorney, Benjamin Brafman, told reporters outside the Manhattan courthouse. Prosecutors charged him with two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sexual act following a months-long investigation with the New York Police Department.
By Alice Popovici and Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein appeared in handcuffs in a New York court on Friday to face charges of rape and other sex crimes against two of the scores of women who have accused him of misconduct, ending his reign as a Hollywood kingpin. Weinstein, the 66-year-old co-founder of the Miramax film studio and the Weinstein Co, intends to plead not guilty to the charges, his attorney, Benjamin Brafman, told reporters outside the Manhattan courthouse. Prosecutors charged him with two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sexual act following a months-long investigation with the New York Police Department.
The estranged wife of Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein has spoken out for the first time since allegations of sexual misconduct were made against her former partner. British designer Georgina Chapman, who is in the middle of divorce proceedings, said she was sickened by the claims, which came to light in October last year. The co-founder of the Marchesa fashion label told Vogue magazine she would sometimes "have moments of rage" and "cry for my children".
Former Small Business Administration chief Maria Contreras-Sweet plans to launch a new company, save about 150 jobs, protect the small companies that are owed money, and create a victims' compensation fund that will supplement existing insurance coverage for those who have been harmed, she said in a statement. The Weinstein Company's board of directors confirmed it had reached a deal with Contreras-Sweet and supermarket billionaire Ron Burkle. The studio nearly went bankrupt after more than 70 women accused co-founder Harvey Weinstein, then one of Hollywood's most influential men, of sexual misconduct including rape.
An Oxford University student has been criticised for trivialising the experiences of victims of sexual assault by dressing up as Harvey Weinstein for a party.
Dame Judi Dench has told Sky News she finds the controversy engulfing Hollywood "very hard" because many of the people accused are "great friends". Speaking at the Murder On The Orient Express premiere in London, she said the situation was "now getting a bit out of hand". The scandal has grown quickly after the first accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, with the latest claims being made against actors including Kevin Spacey , Jeremy Piven and Dustin Hoffman .
Westminster rocked by sex claims after it emerged that government ministers were named on a secret WhatsApp group of sex-pest politicians by female staff.
Ashley Judd has revealed how she allegedly fled from Harvey Weinstein's sexual advances by offering him a deal. Appearing for the first time on television since she became the first woman to accuse the film producer of sexual harassment in a New York Times investigation, Judd said her tactic was "brilliant". In the interview with Good Morning America, the Kiss The Girls star described how Weinstein allegedly lured her into his private room, disguising it as a business meeting, and then proceeded to make sexual advances towards her.
An actress has claimed Harvey Weinstein raped her after the 2008 BAFTAs ceremony. Natassia Malthe, who has been in about 50 films, told a news conference in New York that the disgraced film producer assaulted her in a London hotel on 10 February, 2008, while she was working as a spokeswoman for LG. Malthe, now 43, said:" I was sitting on the bed talking to Harvey when he pushed me back and forced himself on me, it was not consensual.
The actor also revealed that his wife has been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace.
The movie mogul is said to have 'almost died' at Naomi Campbell's birthday party.
'There's always been that element there that people with power sometimes abuse it.'
Following Hollywood stars voicing their opinion on the shocking allegations made against Harvey Weinstein - Peter Andre has now voiced his concerns.
Judy Finnigan has revealed a 'household name' sexually harassed her when she was just 22-years-old and then called her frigid when she spurned his advances.
James Corden has been slammed after opening the AmfAR Gala with 'cheap jokes' about disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.