Harvey Weinstein indicted by New York grand jury on rape charges

Harvey Weinstein was indicted Wednesday by a Manhattan grand jury on charges of rape and a criminal sexual act in connection with allegations by two women — an outcome his own attorney said was “inevitable.”

“This indictment brings the defendant another step closer to accountability for the crimes of violence with which he is now charged,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement.

Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said the disgraced movie producer will plead not guilty and file a motion to dismiss the indictment. “If this case actually proceeds to trial, we expect Mr. Weinstein to be acquitted,” he said.

Allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein unleashed the current #MeToo movement. He was arrested Friday and arraigned on charges of rape in the first and third degree and first-degree commission of a criminal sexual act.

Source: NBC News

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