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Harvey Weinstein indicted for rape

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NEW YORK — A New York City grand jury has indicted movie producer Harvey Weinstein on rape charges, the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said on Wednesday.

Weinstein turned himself in to New York police last week and was released on bail.

“This indictment brings the defendant another step closer to accountability for the crimes of violence with which he is now charged,” Vance said in a statement on the charges against the disgraced 66-year-old co-founder of the Miramax film studio and the Weinstein Co.

Weinstein, who previously denied any nonconsensual sexual encounters, has been charged with rape in the first and third degrees, and criminal sexual act in the first degree.

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The announcement came hours after Weinstein’s lawyers said he’d decline to testify before the grand jury because there wasn’t enough time to prepare him and “political pressure” made an indictment unavoidable.

Weinstein’s indictment by a grand jury follows his arrest and court appearance last Friday on charges related to two women among the scores who have accused him of sexual misconduct, all of which he has denied.

Ben Brafman, the head of Weinstein’s legal team, said his client would plead not guilty and defend himself against the charges.

If convicted on the most serious charges, Weinstein could face between five and 25 years in prison.

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George and Amal Clooney donate $100,000 to aid immigrant children

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George Clooney and wife Amal have donated $100,000 to the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, which advocates for the fair treatment and safety of immigrant children in the deportation process.

The Oscar winner and human rights attorney husband and wife have donated the amount on Wednesday via their Clooney Foundation for Justice to the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, according to the couple’s representative.

The Young Center is one of the leading organizations fighting against the President Donald Trump administration’s new Border Patrol policy, which has already separated over 2,000 immigrant children from their parents.

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Hollywood has expressed outrage upon viewing photos and reading testimonies of immigrant families that have been forcibly divided since news broke of Donald Trump’s no-tolerance policy, which has been in effect since May. Many people are comparing Trump’s actions to Nazi Germany and Japanese Internment Camps.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are among the stars who have donated to aid the families. The couple gave $72,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union and encouraged others to donate what they can.

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