Rose McGowan, other alleged victims of Weinstein react to arrest

McGowan, Katherine Kendall and others spoke out after Weinstein was arrested on rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct charges in New York.
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Transcript for Rose McGowan, other alleged victims of Weinstein react to arrest
Here's ABC's linsey Davis. Reporter:arvey Weinstein's walk of shame. The former Hollywood heavyweight led out in handcuffs by pice. The disgraced movie producer turning himself in. Now officially charged with the rape and sexual assault of two women in New York City. The shock waves from Weinstein's fall from grace have reverbated around the world. The 66-year-old has been largely considered plic enemy number one in the "Me too" movent, accused by more than 90 women of sexual misconduct, harassment, assault, even rape. Today marking the firstriminal charges against him. He is a sociopath. He may or may not believe he's ever done anything wrong. Reporter: Rose Mcgowan is one of them. What was your reaction when you saw him in handcuffs? It's a very complex feeling. Because for the initial moment you see the S sack of a pern shuffling. You think, aww. Thenou remember. And he must be stopped. And it's a good thing. For someone who's never met Harvey Weinstein, howld you describe him? He's a nster. He looks like a monster and he is a monster. Some people get the faces they deserve. Reporter: This isn't her case, but Mcgowan says it may bring her and all those other women some sense of justice. Did you ever think that thisay would come? I wh I could say I did think this day was going to come. But I didn't. I didn't believe it would. I'm so grateful that it has. Reporter: The Manhattan district attorney has been investigating these new cases against Weinstein for months. He appeared in court as the charges against him were read T loud. Rape, first degree. Pe, a sexual act, first degree. Ra, third degree -- Reporter: Pale, somber, and still handcuffed, he listened to some of the details of the case against him. That this defendant used his position, money, and power T lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually. Our investigation is ongoing, and we have heard heard other survivors do come forward -- Reporter: The charges involve an unnamed woman who accuses Weinstein of raping her in a motel in 2013. And former actressucia Evans, wh says Weinstein overpowered her during a business meeting back in 2004 and forced her to perform oral sex on him. Evans explained her decisn to press charges to "The new Yorker." At a certain point you have to think about the glare good of humanity, of womankind. Today the movie mogul surrendered his passport and posted $1 million cash bond. He's out of jail, but under gps monitoring. Mr. Weinstein will enter a plea of not guy. Mr. Weinstein has alway maintained that any sexual activity he engaged in was consensual. Reporter: Weinstein' attoey, Benjamin Brafman, says he'll file a motion to dismiss charges against his client saying there's not enough evidence. Mr. Weinstein did not invent the caing couch in Hollywood. And to the extent there is bad behavior in that industry, that is not what this is about. It's absurd. Castingcouch. Th's a nice little euphemism for, the boss is going to rape you. Reporter: Mcgowan says Weinstein raped her 21 years ago. Earlier this year, she sat down with our own jujchan sharing her story. What was your impression when you first met? I thought he was a wart hog from hell. I thought he was terrifying looking. Reporter: Mcgowanays the assault ppened during a business mting in his hotel suite. The then23-year-old said the initial meeting went well but as she was leaving she says Weinstein pushed her into the bathroom, took her clothes off, and forced oral sex in her. She shaved detail details in her biography "Brave." Do active from my body, watching myself from the ceiling, on the edge of a tub against the wall, held in place by a monster, whose face is between my legs, trapped by a Beas that's are your A nightmare. Literally a nightmare. But it was consensual, right? I don't know about you, but when you've had consensual sex, you don't really fl up with tears afterwards. Reporter: At the time of our report an attorney for Weinstein sa he denies her allegations of nonconsensual sexual contact and it isrroneous and irresponsible to conflate claims of inappropriate behavior and consensual sexual contact later regretted with an untrue claim of rape. Mcgowan reached a settlement with Weinstein for $100,000 in August 1997. Copy was posted here O "The new Yorker." In exchange she would not pursue legal action against him. She says that settlement did not include a cfidentiality agreement. This case is obviously not your CAS but do you feel that he'll still be able to be held accountable for what he did to you, indirectly? Because our stories are all so similar, I think O W will be for all of us. Reporter: Weinstein's other alleged victims agree. We were with Katherine Kendall, one of his accusersrom the '9, as she watched him walking in handcuffs for the first time. I don't think really expected it. But it's -- 'S so right. It's so unbelievably right. Reporter: She hopes it's the first step in a March toward justice. I don't think that it's fair that just because, you know, you're a famous Hollywood producer and you have lots of money that you don't have to serve time. Rape is rape. Noatter who does it. And it a crime. So yeah, he needs to pay. Reporter: Kendall says the former studio executive undressed during a business meeting and tried to Geter to massage M. She says she got ay but kept it a secret until last fall. I was afraid if I spoke, the only person that was going to get hurt was me, not hi he has everyone protecting him. He's got the money, he's got the ople, making movies, whoever it is, the power. Reporter: Kendl, like most of Weinstein's accusers, will never get her day in court. The statute of limitations has expired. But their stories could mean they may testify this time. When it can prove that the person had effectively a modus operandi, that this is the way he did things, and by those other women coming ford it can help prove that this happened. If they ask you to testify, would you? I would absolutely testify. Over and over. I will sing it to the heavens. Reporter: Weinstein's attorney insists his client will be ctorious. I anticipate that the women who have made these legations, when subjected to cross examinatn in the event we even get that far, that the charges will not be believed by 12 people, assuming we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems have overtaken this case. Reporter: This I't the first time oicials considered prosecuting the hollywoodower player. The NYPD was investigating a case against him in 2015. Robert Boyce was the chief of detectives. Let's go back to the beginning when you first heard Harvey Weinstein's name mentioned in an investigative fashion. So that was March of 2015. We had a case where he forcibly touched a young lady down in tribeca. Reporr: "The new Yorker" uncovered an audio recording of a conversation between that woman, model ambra ga tiers re, and Weinstein. The tape was part of a police sting operation. If you wanto leave when the guy comes with my jacket - Why yesterday you touch my breast? Please, I'm sorry, just come on in, I'm used to that. You're used to that? Yes, come in. No, but I'm not used to that. I W't do it again, come on, sit here. Reporter: That se was never prosecuted, the d.a.'s office saying the audio was insufficient to prove a crime under New York law. Why do you think the d.a.'s office didn't press charges when they had audio files? We had probable cause on us, admission of guilt on a tape, we felt it was a good case. Why they didn't is somewhere in their realm, not mine. Reporter: Boyce was part of the investigation into the current case against Weinstein. Did the two women require some persuasion? I wouldn't call it persuasion, I would call it support. I would say support. It's something that changed their lives and they know that. Reporter: If convicted in this case, Weinstein faces up to 25 years in prison. I want to play for you earlier this year when you were interviewed by juju. What does justice look like to you? Bars. This man should be behind bars. For threst of his life. He hasstolen, he has hijacked, he has smeared, he has LI, he has purchased, he has done diabolical things in the name of being able to stick his face between women's legs and literally eat their essence. It's chillingnd it's real. How dyou feel looking at that, and what does justice look like now? We're getting closer to justice. Bars. Because we had invisible bars around us for so long. We didn't get to have a life. Not the one we thought we were going to have. Not just careers, but lives. Freedom. Freedom from nightmares. Freedom from body flashbacks. And -- I think I stand by my original statement. That is exactly what I think it should be. And we're one step closer. A big step closer today. Reporter: For now, Mcgowan says she plans toace Weinstein again, in court, vowing to go to watch the tri if it happens. I have faith that 12 people will look at him and say, guilty. Will you be there? Damn right ll be there. Yeah. Reporter: And her message to those two women pressing charges? I would like to thank Lucia evs for her bravery. Nobody wants to do this. Nobody wants to go out and take the hs that she's going to be taking. Nody wants to have to defend themselves after being attack that's double attack. I stand with her. I send her all the stngth. And to the other unnamed woman. And I'm so sorry that I couldn' stop it earlier. I really tried. What's behind your tears right now? Is this frustration, anger, joy? Sometimes I get sad for who I was. I miss that girl. When I talk about him, I think of her. And I think about all of us and who we were. But I am, despite what I look like, I am really happy today. Yeah. This isor all of us. Reporter: For "Nightline," I'm linsey Davis in New York. Weitein is set to apr in court on July 30th, when he'll learn whether a grand jury has indicted him.

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