Harvey Weinstein's attorney Benjamin Braffman, when discussing the charges against his client, said Weinstein "did not invent the casting couch," a reference to a system where powerful men expect women to trade sexual favors for roles in their films.
"My job is not to defend behavior. My job is to defend something that is criminal behavior. Bad behavior, Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood, and to the extent that there is bad behavior in that industry, that is not what this is about. Bad behavior is not on trial in this case."
Harvey Weinstein's attorney Benjamin Braffman alluded to the #MeToo movement while speaking about jury selection just now, questioning the ability to get a fair jury.
"I anticipate the women who made these allegations, when subjected to cross examination, in the event we even get that far, that the charges will not be believed by 12 people," Braffman said.
Harvey Weinstein's attorney Benjamin Braffman said he believes his client will be exonerated:
"We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges. We believe that they are constitutionally flawed. We believe that they are not factually supported by the evidence and we believe that at the end of the process Mr. Weinstein will be exonerated."
Harvey Weinstein's attorney Benjamin Braffman said the producer plans to plead not guilty to the three felony charges against him.
"Mr. Weinstein will enter a plea of not guilty. We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges," Braffman said.
Weinstein faces one count of first-degree rape, one count of third-degree rape, one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., filed felony sex crime charges against Harvey Weinstein for two incidents — one in 2013 and another in 2004, his office said in a statement.
“Today’s charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation,” Vance said. “I thank the brave survivors who have come forward, and my Office’s prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation."
Here's a breakdown of the charges:
The mega producer walked into a New York City courthouse carrying an armful of books. Two of those books are biographies about men in the entertainment business.
The book with the red cover is "Something Wonderful" by Todd Purdum. It's a nonfiction about the relationship between Broadway legends Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.
Another book Weinstein brought with him is "Elia Kazan: A Biography" by Richard Schickel, another nonfiction about the famed American director.
Additional reporting by CNN's Paul Murphy
A New York judge set a staggering $10 million bond for Harvey Weinstein. He can also pay $1 million in cash.
Weinstein also had to surrender his passport and has to wear a GPS tracking device.
President Trump was just asked his reaction to Harvey Weinstein's arrest this morning. He responded: "I don't know anything about it."
Trump was asked a follow-up and replied, "I'm not familiar with the case. But it's really too bad. Really too bad."
The actress, who is also one of Weinstein's accusers, tweeted this as he arrived in court:
McGowan publicly accused the mega-producer of rape in October.