Friday morning marked a turning point in the saga that was the controversy surrounding disgraced filmmaker Harvey Weinstein after he turned himself in to police on charges of first-degree rape, third-degree rape, and first-degree criminal sex acts.
"If there was truly "equal justice under the law", Harvey Weinstein would be behind bars in Rikers today, waiting for his own day in court, not free to roam NY, his other hunting ground, wearing an ankle bracelet", she tweeted on Sunday. "Our office will try this case not in the press, but in the courtroom where it belongs". Brafman added that all the publicity about the case could sway potential jurors.
"Finally, Mr. Weinstein's attorneys noted that regardless of how compelling Mr. Weinstein's personal testimony might be, an indictment was inevitable due to the unfair political pressure being placed on Cy Vance to secure a conviction of Mr. Weinstein", the statement said. Weinstein surrendered to police on Friday.
The allegations were brought to light following two explosive reports in October that sparked the 66-year-old's downfall.
The charges match the ones filed in a criminal complaint last Friday by the Manhattan District Attorney's office.
A grand jury handed it up Wednesday, hours after Brafman said Weinstein had decided not to testify before the secret panel. A grand jury continued hearing evidence in the case, as it had been doing for weeks. His request for more time was denied, the statement said.
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The defense lawyer said he was barred from disclosing the name of the woman involved in the alleged rape or other matters discussed before Manhattan Supreme Court Judge James Burke because they involved a sitting grand jury, and Burke had sealed the proceeding.
He has denied having had non-consensual sex.
Weinstein was arraigned last week on the same charges, seven months after women began to come forward with stories alleging sexual misconduct by Weinstein.
More than 80 women have publicly accused him of sexual misconduct from harassment to rape.
Weinstein's defense attorney Ben Brafman told reporters Tuesday that one of the accusers had a longtime relationship with the movie producer, in an attempt to cast doubt on the allegations.