Reprinted from The New York Times by Benjamin Mueller on May 25, 2018.
Harvey Weinstein was arrested by New York City detectives on Friday on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him.
Around 7:30 a.m., he walked glumly into a police station house in Lower Manhattan, flanked by several detectives. Toting three large books under his right arm, he looked up without saying a word as a crush of reporters and onlookers yelled, “Harvey!”
With camera shutters clicking closed and reporters shouting questions, the scene was a mirror image of the red carpets where Weinstein presided for decades as a movie mogul and king of Hollywood. But after years of harnessing his wealth and his influence in the movie industry to enforce a code of silence around his predatory behavior, and after withstanding an investigation into groping allegations only three years ago, Weinstein faced the first criminal charges in a monthslong investigation into his conduct.
He was processed at the station house, the First Police Precinct, and will be arraigned in court on charges of first-degree rape and third-degree rape in one case, and first-degree criminal sex act in another, law enforcement officials said. …