Sexual misconduct scandals

Weinstein's accusers cheer his surrender

Rose McGowan, who was among the first actresses to accuse producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual impropriety, said his victims were "one step closer to justice".
Rose McGowan, who was among the first actresses to accuse producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual impropriety, said his victims were "one step closer to justice".PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES •"Anyone know where I can get front-row seats?" Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra tweeted after news broke that Harvey Weinstein would be turning himself in to New York police to face charges in court.

He has been the subject of a months-long investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, with Sciorra herself saying she was a victim in the 1990s.

Weinstein, 66, was expected to surrender yesterday morning in New York on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him, law enforcement officials said.

Rose McGowan, who was among the first actresses to accuse the producer, said his victims were "one step closer to justice".

More than 70 women have accused Weinstein of sexual impropriety, including rape, since last October.

"I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein's survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law," McGowan said in a statement.

"May this give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere that they are telling their truths."

The criminal sex act charge stems from an encounter involving Ms Lucia Evans. She told The New Yorker and then investigators that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him during what she expected would be a casting meeting at the Miramax office in New York.

The victim in the rape case has not been publicly identified.

As part of a bail package negotiated in advance, Weinstein will put up US$1 million (S$1.34 million) in cash and will agree to wear a monitoring device.

His travel will be restricted and he will surrender his passport.

NYTIMES, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2018, with the headline 'Weinstein's accusers cheer his surrender'. Print Edition | Subscribe