Handcuffed Harvey Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

Handcuffed Harvey Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning, by AP.

His face pulled in a strained smile and his hands locked behind his back, the once-powerful Hollywood figure emerged from a police station Friday facing rape and criminal sex act charges, a searing reckoning for the man who became a symbol of a worldwide outcry over sexual misconduct.

“This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually,” Manhattan Assistant Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said later, in words that brought raised eyebrows from the otherwise stony-faced Weinstein. …

Police went out of the way to humiliate him by making him do a handcuffed perp walk in front of cameras.

Weinstein has consistently denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex. …

And he began to take aim at the accusations and accusers, noting that the alleged attacks weren’t reported to police when they happened and suggesting potential jurors wouldn’t believe the women. …

Asked about the raft of other allegations against Weinstein, [his lawyer] said the case was a question of crime, not bad behavior.

“Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood,” the attorney said. …

“You sorry, Harvey?” came a shout from a throng of media as the once powerful movie mogul was led into a lower Manhattan courthouse.

Asked “what can you say?” Weinstein mildly shook his head and softly said “no.” …

The top charges against him carry the potential for up to 25 years in prison. He’s accused of confining a woman in a Manhattan hotel room and raping her in 2013, according to a court complaint. The criminal sex act charge stems from a 2004 encounter between Weinstein and Lucia Evans, a then-aspiring actress who told The New Yorker magazine he forced her to perform oral sex during a daytime meeting in his office. …

More than 75 women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing, and authorities in California and London are also investigating assault allegations.

Hollywood and the left have blown their moral authority, again. Said authority is all a bluff, only sustainable because they own the media.