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Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has finally been arrested, bringing a sense of closure to the countless women impacted by his years of heinous abuse.
The man who for decades was ensconced in Hollywood’s ivory tower was forced Friday to walk away from the New York Police Department in handcuffs, a major legal victory for the #MeToo movement that had dominated much of the social lexicon for the past year.
Watch his arrest and arraignment:
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Weinstein turned himself into authorities Friday and was arrested on charges of rape, committing a criminal sex act, sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct, according to a statement from the NYPD.
The charges stemmed from incidents involving two separate women and came as a result of a joint investigation involving the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
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When news first broke in October 2017 of Weinstein’s misconduct, the movie mogul told The Hollywood Reporter, “The story sounds so good, I want to buy the movie rights.” And as it turns out, The New York Times’ work on the story will get the Hollywood treatment — but not from Weinstein.
See some of the reaction:
Actor Rose McGowan, one of the first public figures to speak out against Weinstein, whom she has accused of rape, told NBC News’ Megyn Kelly, “I actually didn’t believe this day would come. … This is a big strike into the heart of abuse of power.”
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She added, “This man had hunting grounds all over the world, and he had accomplices and a complicity machine. He was the cult leader of Hollywood … their king.”
The reactions poured in on social media, too:
Even without a rich bully's army of protectors, the structural impediments to justice are staggering.
— Irin Carmon (@irin) May 25, 2018
Remember, if it wasn’t for journalists, Harvey Weinstein would still be attacking women today
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) May 25, 2018
“For every woman who spoke in this story, it's an incredible and unexpected moment”: @RonanFarrow, who won a Pulitzer Price for his reporting on Harvey Weinstein, reacts to the movie mogul turning himself in to police on sex crimes charges pic.twitter.com/pdr8PRVWmb
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— Nick Bryant (@NickBryantNY) May 25, 2018
On Friday morning, moments after his arrest, Weinstein’s bail was set at $10 million bond or $1 million cash. He was mandated to turn over his passport and will be fitted with a GPS monitor requiring him to remain in New York or Connecticut.
Weinstein’s next court date is set for July 30.