Last Friday, May 25, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein surrendered to police to face felony sex abuse charges. Outside Manhattan Criminal Court, his attorney Benjamin Brafman defended Weinstein, saying that his client vehemently denies the allegations against him.
Brafman said, “My job is not to defend behavior. My job is to defend something that is criminal behavior. Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood. To the extent that there’s bad behavior in that industry, that is not what this is about. Bad behavior is not on trial in this case.”
These controversial comments were made following the 66-year-old Weinstein’s appearance in court on charges of felony rape and a criminal sex act involving two women in 2004 and 2013.
Weinstein was released on $1 million bail following his appearance in court on Friday. He must also wear a GPS monitoring bracelet on his right ankle to track his movements, and ensure he doesn’t try to skip town.
The device is a black ReliAlertTXC and weighs a little less than a can of soda, 9.87 ounce. Bail bondsman Ira Judelson, who secured the device on Weinstein, admitted to The Post, “When I pulled it out of the box for Harvey, it seemed a little heavy.”
According to Page Six, “The thing vibrates, talks or makes a screaming siren sound, depending on what’s bothering it. Its plastic-coated, braided steel cable strap — meant to be worn over socks, to avoid chafing — is secured with four small bolts that create a fiber-optic ring around the filmmaker’s ankle. If that circle of fiber-optic signal is broken, say by his tampering with the strap, the siren will sound.”
The device will also vibrate when the battery is low, so Weinstein will be required to sit with his bracelet plugged into a wall outlet for two hours each day.
Monitors with the Salt Lake City-based Track Group Inc. will know immediately, if Weinstein and the device leave the confined area of New York and Connecticut. In such a case, Track Group would then contact Judelson and his monitoring bracelet tech Manny Scharon via calls, emails and texts and cell. Then Judelson or Scharon could directly radio the device and broadcast their voices through its speaker.
The Post reports, “Judelson, New York City’s go-to bondsman for wealthy and famous clients, including Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and, recently, Conor McGregor, has bolted the device onto the ankles of accused, then cleared, sex assaulter Dominique Strauss-Kahn, millionaire madam Anna Gristina, and accused Yankees general manager-extorter Louise Neathway.”
Sources told Page Six that prior to turning himself in, Weinstein was working on a plan to create a documentary in which he would tell his side of the story. Weinstein went as far as reaching out to sources in the industry, including one individual who he helped with paying their medical bills years ago, to assist him in making the film.
Regarding Weinstein, a film insider told Page Six, “He’s been trying to get a documentary done on himself. He wanted to make a film he could control — he’d been calling people.
However, when Page Six reached one of Weinstein’s representatives for comment, they told the news outlet, “He isn’t interested in a documentary about his experience. Didn’t happen.”
Page Six’s film source said the documentary idea came before Weinstein turned himself in. The source said when the movie tycoon was pitching the planned film, “he kept saying, ‘When this is over,’” which of course refers to the scandal in which dozens of women accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault. Among those claiming to be mistreated by Weinstein are famous movie stars, including Gwenth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Ashley Judd.
Weinstein continues to deny all claims. In regards to the criminal case, his lawyer Brafman told Page Six that he “intends to file a motion to dismiss the charges as being legally flawed and not supported by credible evidence.”
In the case of a documentary on the disgraced big shot, Page Six have reportedly heard that there are also outside parties interested in cooperating with Weinstein to create a film about him. So, it might just be next year’s blockbuster hit.
By Rebecca Gold