There’s extra reason to throw back a cold cocktail of your choice this afternoon (mine will be a self-invented drink called the Ha Ha Harvey, made of the best booze in my liquor cabinet and shaken with 100% pettiness). As expected, Harvey Weinstein surrendered himself to the NYPD’s 1st precinct this morning. The only way this news could be better would be if Detective Fin Tutuola were standing at the door to mutter, “Looks like there’s one less perv on the streets” on his walk in.
TMZ says Harvey turned himself in this morning, and was accompanied by several attorneys. Harvey has been accused by numerous women of sexual harassment and assault, and he’s also being sued by more people than I have fingers on my hands. But according to TMZ’s sources, the NYPD were working with a pretty narrow scope.
Dozens of women reportedly came forward with complaints against Harvey, but two women’s complaints reached charges. One was that of former aspiring actress Lucia Evans, who alleged that Harvey forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004. She claims that he grabbed her head during a meeting in his office, as she repeatedly told him “Don’t” and “Stop.” Lucia claims he overpowered her and eventually she just gave up and let it happen.
CNN says that Harvey was charged with rape and sexual abuse in cases involving two women. Harvey has always maintained that any sexual encounters he’s allegedly had have been consensual.
The U.S. Attorney in NYC is also investigating Harvey for possibly violating the Mann Act (a law prohibiting people taken across state lines for the purpose of engaging in illegal sexual acts). But they haven’t filed any charges yet.
For those of you who want an extra-happy Friday, here’s a clip of Harvey going into the police station this morning, and him slithering out later in a set of handcuff as he makes his way to court.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 25, 2018
Harvey Weinstein perp walk, heading to court pic.twitter.com/luluWrvdMk
— Otillia (@o_tilli_a) May 25, 2018
One of Harvey’s more vocal accusers, Rose McGowan, appeared on Megyn Kelly TODAY to talk about Harvey’s trip to the police department. She seems pretty pleased with what happened this morning.
— Megyn Kelly TODAY (@MegynTODAY) May 25, 2018
I still can’t get over that outfit he wore to turn himself in. Why does he look like the sort of substitute math teacher that lets the students call him by his golf nickname? To be honest, I’m sure whoever picked out that outfit probably stopped caring halfway through. “Okay, so I got the baby blue sweater or a kicky little turquoise number…you know what, doesn’t matter, you’re probably going to end up in an orange jumpsuit anyway.”
UPDATE: Harvey Weinstein’s bond was set at a crazy high $10 million. But he got himself a $1 million cashier’s check and has posted bail. The conditions of his release are that he not travel outside of New York State or Connecticut without permission, and that he wear a GPS monitoring device at all times. Is it possible to feel bad for a piece of technology?