Harvey Weinstein will be arrested today, May 25, or if he save himself some more drama by respectfully turning himself in to the New York Police Department on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him.
According to CNN, this was confirmed by a source familiar with the investigation, who added that Manhattan prosecutors will charge Weinstein with first- and third-degree rape in one case and first-degree sex act in a second case.
When contacted for comment, Weinstein’s New York-based attorney, Benjamin Brafman, declined.
And that’s not all the trouble the disgraced Hollywood producer is facing.
CNN adds that he is also under investigation for alleged sex crimes in Los Angeles and London. Federal prosecutors in New York have started a sex-crimes investigation involving Weinstein. The charges follow a flood of accusations against him which encouraged his victims to come forward, and also other victims of other powerful men also came forward to tell their stories.
Reacting to the latest new, actress Rose McGowan, who was one of the first women to accuse Weinstein of raper, said, “I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein’s survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law. Twenty years ago, I swore that I would right this wrong. Today we are one step closer to justice.”
She continued in the statement to Hollywood Reporter, saying, “We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity. I stand with my fellow survivors. May this give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere that are telling their truths.”