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After the arraignment, his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, announced that Weinstein intends to plead not guilty.

Amanda Palmer, the Lexington native and indie rock superstar, had harsh words for Harvey Weinstein Friday as the disgraced film mogul was booked and arraigned in New York City on sexual assault charges.

Almost 100 women have now accused Weinstein of crimes ranging from sexual harassment to assault and rape going back decades.

Weinstein has reportedly spent months in treatment for sex addiction.

The #MeToo movement has seen people around the world come forward with cases of sexual mistreatment, leading to the downfall of powerful men across industries, including Oscar victor Kevin Spacey.

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"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", said Brafman.

Judge Kevin McGrath ordered Weinstein released on $1 million cash bail and the case was adjourned to July 30. The New York Times reported that part of his bail required him to wear a monitoring device.

He carried thick books under his right arm, including biographies of Broadway musical duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and Elia Kazan, the director of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and other classic Hollywood films. As he was handcuffed and transported to court, she followed up with, "Harvey Weinstein ain't smiling now".

He adds Weinstein's ability to easily pay the bond and also defend himself with high-priced and power lawyers shows how this case differs from the norm.

Outside court on Friday, the attorney said Weinstein vehemently denied the charges and would fight to get them dismissed.

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, whose case against Strauss-Kahn fell apart, has been heavily criticized for failing to bring a criminal case against Weinstein for allegedly groping and harassing Italian model Ambra Battilana. "This is a big strike into the heart of abuse of power, and it shows people worldwide-which is what I was hoping the whole time-that this can not, and will not, stand". The Weinstein Co's board fired him and the company filed for bankruptcy in March.

Argento - who claimed she was raped by Weinstein in Cannes, France, in the '90s - tweeted a video of the former executive walking into the police station.

In 2017, Weinstein was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "Mr. Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual". Lucia Evans told the New Yorker in October that she was a college student when Weinstein approached her at a club in NY in 2004.

In February, New York's attorney general, who has since resigned in his own cloud of abuse allegations, sued the brothers and studio for failing to protect employees from alleged sexual misconduct despite multiple complaints.

After talking and writing about the case for so long, including in a recent memoir, "Brave", McGowan, 44, said it came as a huge surprise when news of the legal case finally came.

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Weinstein handed off the books at the police station, where he was booked quickly. The district attorney said his decision was based on the merits of the case.

It's been almost eight months since the Oscar-winning mogul was hit by bombshell articles in The New York Times and New Yorker magazine accusing him of decades of sexual harassment, assault and rape. That's common at this stage in a criminal case in NY.

"People are so sad, and they are so sick of it", McGowan said of the many other powerful men who have faced sexual misconduct allegations since Weinstein's downfall. Music producer Phil Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson in 2009, but only after a mistrial on those charges two years earlier.

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