Read: Key date timeline of the Harvey Weinstein scandal


 

The scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein erupted on October 5 last year, with the publication in The New York Times of a first series of accusations from women who claimed to have been harassed or assaulted by the movie mogul.

Since that time, more than 100 women — A-list stars, aspiring actresses, filmmakers, models, massage therapists and more — have accused Weinstein of everything from questionable comments to assault and rape.

But many of the cases date back more than a decade, meaning they are difficult or even impossible to prosecute.

Numerous civil suits have been filed against Weinstein and his production firm The Weinstein Company, which has been accused of facilitating his predatory behaviour.

On Friday, the disgraced producer was arraigned in a New York court, charged with rape and a criminal sex act on two women.

The following are five key moments since the scandal broke:

5 October 2017: scandal erupts
The New York Times publishes a bombshell investigative report featuring numerous on-the-record accusations against Weinstein over a period of nearly three decades. Actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan are the highest-profile accusers.

The Times reveals that Weinstein reached non-disclosure agreements in exchange for money with at least eight women, to guarantee their silence.
The board of The Weinstein Company, which he controls with his brother Bob, ousts him a few days later.

10 October: First rape accusations
Italian actress and filmmaker Asia Argento tells The New Yorker that Weinstein raped her in 1997. Two other women also accused him of sexual assault.

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Rosanna Arquette join the list of women accusing Weinstein of harassment.

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A spokeswoman for Weinstein says he denies all accusations of non-consensual sex.

14 October: Academy expels Weinstein
The board of governors of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, the institution that awards the Oscars, votes to expel Weinstein, whose films had earned dozens of Academy Awards over the years.

As the weeks go by, more and more women go public with accusations against Weinstein, either on social media or directly to television cameras.

Other Hollywood celebrities come under a gloomy spotlight as well: actor Kevin Spacey and director/producer Brett Ratner are among those accused of sexual misconduct.

3 November: ‘actual case’ in New York
Criminal inquiries into Weinstein’s behavior are carried out by police in London, New York and Los Angeles.

But on November 3, the New York Police Department confirms they are looking into a credible claim of rape made against Weinstein by actress Paz de la Huerta, who accuses the producer of raping her twice at her New York apartment in late 2010.

A few days later, The New Yorker reveals that Weinstein paid journalists and former spies including ex-agents of Israel’s Mossad to keep his accusers from going public or to keep them quiet. Weinstein hires celebrity defense attorney Ben Brafman.

25 May 2018: Weinstein charged
Weinstein is arraigned in a New York court, after surrendering to police before a mob of television cameras and photographers.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office says he is charged with rape in the first and third degrees, stemming from an attack on a woman in 2013, and a criminal sex act against another woman in 2004. Neither victim is named.

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During a fleeting court appearance, Weinstein agrees to post bail at $1 million cash and is ordered fitted with a GPS monitoring device, before being escorted out in handcuffs.

Weinstein’s defense attorney says he will enter a not guilty plea.



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