Following his arraignment today on rape charges in New York City, disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein posted $1 million bail and slipped out the back of the courthouse, The New York Times reports.
Weinstein was charged with three counts: first-degree rape and third-degree rape in one case, and first-degree criminal sex act in another. He appeared in court with his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, described by The Times as one of the city’s top defense lawyers.
“As the hearing neared an end, Mr. Brafman … handed Mr. Weinstein’s passport to [lead prosecutor Joan Illuzzi] and paid his bail with a $1 million cashier’s check,” The Times reports. “As part of his bail package, he has agreed to wear a monitoring device and restrict his travel to New York and Connecticut. When the proceeding was over, Mr. Weinstein was allowed to slip out of an employee door at the back of the courthouse, where he climbed into a waiting Toyota.”
The Times report adds: “Mr. Weinstein’s appearance in Manhattan Criminal Court lasted barely 10 minutes, but stood not only as a breakthrough in the investigation into sex-crime claims against him but as a watershed in the larger #MeToo movement. After decades of harnessing his wealth and power to silence women — and after weathering an earlier criminal inquiry into groping allegations — his reign as a film-industry titan suffered a decisive blow in, of all places, the shopworn arraignment courtroom, where he was among the morning cattle call of defendants.”
Brafman told reporters outside the courthouse that he would “move quickly” to dismiss the charges, calling them “constitutionally flawed and factually unsubstantiated,” the report adds.