Disgraced Hollywood honcho, Harvey Weinstein was arraigned on Friday morning in a New York City courtroom and charged with first and third degree rape and committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree. His arrest and charges comes seven months after multiple women first came forward with allegations against Weinstein.
Media mogul Harvey Weinstein is seen leaving the NYPD 1st Precinct after surrendering himself in New York, NY on May 25, 2018. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones)(Sipa via AP Images)
CNN (@cnn) reports, the charges filed this morning stem from two separate incidents involving two separate women. One happened in 2004, the other in 2013, the Manhattan District Attorney said in a statement. Weinstein attorney Benjamin Braffman disagreed with the District Attorney’s assessment.
“Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone. Nothing about today’s proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein’s position. He has entered a plea of not guilty and fully expects to be exonerated.” Braffman said in a statement after the arraignment.
As part of the agreement between Weinstein attorney, Braffman and the District Attorney, Weinstein’s bond was set at $10 million. He’ll also be required to wear a GPS monitoring system and is only allowed to travel within New York state or Connecticut. Weinstein was also ordered to surrender his passport.
Los Angeles, California
R&B singer Trey Songz turned himself in to the Los Angeles Police Department Monday morning to face charges of alleged felony domestic violence charges. Songz turned himself in, with his attorney Shawn Holley in tow early on Monday morning.
TMZ (@tmz) reports, the charge stems from an incident involving a woman Songz was out with in LA last month during NBA All-Star weekend. Songz was booked at 6am and released shortly after 8am after he posted a $50,000 bond.
Songz is accused of beating Andrea Buera at a party in the Hollywood Hills where she claims he was upset because she was talking to another man. Buera says Songz beat her so badly, she suffered a concussion and had to go to a hospital for treatment. She claims several people at the party witnessed the alleged “beating.” Songz said that he was being lied on and the woman was out for “personal gain.”
Former Glee’ star Mark Sailing has died in what police are classifying as an “apparent suicide” just weeks before the former actor was set to be sentenced to prison time on possession of child pornography charges.
People Magazine (@people) reports, Sailing’s attorney, Michael Proctor gave People magazine the following statement:
“I can confirm that Mark Sailing passed away early this morning. Mark was a gentle and loving person, a person of great creativity, who was doing his best to atone for some serious mistakes and errors of judgement. He is survived by his mother and father, and his brother. The Sailing family appreciates the support they have been receiving and asks for their privacy to be respected.”
Police received a call to do a “welfare check” on Sailing early Tuesday morning. Somehow the visit to the house led police to a baseball field where Sailings’ body was found. Police say Sailing had been dead for awhile when his body was discovered. Law Enforcement reports that Sailing was found hanging from a tree. The initial “welfare check” on Sailing was the result of a family member going to the police station at 3am to file a missing persons report on Sailing. Mark Sailing’s death was officially ruled a suicide as no foul play has been detected. Mark Sailing was 35-years old.
Another day, another Hollywood actor accused of sexually assaulting or harassing someone. Today the accused is Actor Jeremy Piven. Jeremy Piven is best known for his role as the beloved Hollywood agent Ari Gold in HBO’s long running series, Entourage.
Three woman has now come forward accusing Piven of sexual assault. The latest is Advertising Executive, Tiffany Bacon Scourby. The Hollywood Reporter (THR) reports, Scourby told People Magazine (@people) that Piven sexually assaulted her at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in 2003. Scourby gave a detailed account of the alleged sexual assault by Piven.
“He jumped on top of me. I tried to push him off and he forced me to the ground.” Scourby added that Piven exposed his genitals and then rubbed against her body until he climaxed.
Scourby said that she remained clothed but Piven “held down my hands” and ejaculated “all over my white turtleneck.” Scourby said that afterward, she pushed Piven off of her and ran out of his hotel suite. “I rubbed my chest against the wall to get his [semen] off my sweater. I ran outside and hailed a cab and I just burst into tears. I cried the entire way back to my hotel.”
Two other women have come forward recently to say that Piven sexually assaulted them. Playboy Playmate and reality start Arianne Bellamar, who accused Piven of sexual assault on two separate occasions, and actress Cassidy Freeman who starred in the show “Longmire.”