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Harvey Weinstein, Whose Abuse Spurred #MeToo, Turns Himself In

The film producer, who abused and harrassed dozens over several decades, turned himself in to a New York court on Friday. The backlash to Weinstein's abuse helped ignite the #MeToo movement.

By NTK Staff | 05.25.2018 @10:00am
Harvey Weinstein, Whose Abuse Spurred #MeToo, Turns Himself In

Harvey Weinstein, the former film producer accused of sexual abuse and harrassment last year by dozens of women, turned himself in to a New York court on Friday “to face criminal sex act and rape charges,” The Associated Press reported.

The film producer was to face criminal sex act and rape charges in a New York court, according to a law enforcement official who wasn’t authorized to discuss the case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The official said Weinstein would be charged with committing a criminal sex act in a 2004 encounter with Lucia Evans, a then-aspiring actress who has said the Hollywood mogul forced her to perform oral sex on him in his office. She was among the first women to speak out about the producer.

The rape charge relates to a woman who has not spoken publicly or been identified, the official said.

Weinstein’s abuse, and the women who spoke out about it to The New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow and The New York TimesJodi Kantor and Megan Twohey last October, helped launch the #MeToo movement. Since October, women have been speaking out in droves about the abuse they experienced from powerful men in Hollywood, media, business, and politics.

The movement continues to this day. Just this week, eight women accused actor Morgan Freeman of inappropriate conduct in the workplace, and three women accused an Iowa gubernatorial candidate.

In the world of politics, the #MeToo movement has known no partisan lines. Republican officials (Roy Moore, Blake Farenthold) and Democratic officials (Al Franken, Ruben Kihuen) have resigned, retired, or lost as a result of credible allegations against them. Republican donors (Steve Wynn) and Democratic donors (Weinstein) have been forced into the shadows by similar allegations.

#MeToo has exposed the fact that sexual misconduct is a rampant problem in workplaces around the world. As Weinstein goes to trial and new allegations are leveled against public officials every day, it’s clear the movement’s time is not up.

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