Tyrese Gibson Gets 50/50 Joint Custody with Daughter as Judge Denies Ex’s Restraining Order Request

Tyrese Gibson just scored a major victory in his ugly court battle with ex-wife Norma Mitchell Gibson over custody of their 10-year-old daughter, Shayla.

On Friday, a judge awarded Gibson 50/50 joint custody of his daughter beginning in January and denied his ex-wife’s request for a permanent restraining order, Gibson’s rep tells PEOPLE. The actor’s rep also confirms that the former couple have worked out a visitation schedule for the holidays.

Norma’s rep has not responded to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Child services initially launched their investigation into Gibson after Norma — who was married to him from 2007 to 2009 — accused the actor of abusing their daughter on Aug. 19, alleging in court documents that the actor “pushed our daughter to the ground, pinned her face down, put his knees on her back, grabbed her hands with one arm and beat her with the other.” She also alleged in court documents that her ex hit Shayla “between 12 and 16 times,” leading the child to allegedly later tell her mother that she couldn’t sit down due to pain.

In court documents obtained by PEOPLE in September, physical and legal custody of Shayla was temporarily granted to Norma while ordering Gibson to stay 100 yards away from both of them as well as Norma’s home.

Gibson’s rep previously confirmed reports to PEOPLE that child’s services had closed their investigation and would not be seeking criminal charges.

The Fast & Furious star previously told PEOPLE in a statement that Norma’s allegations were “hurtful lies.”

In October,  Norma filed a police report against Gibson after he hired a plane to fly a banner directed at Shayla that read “No matter what, daddy loves you Shayla” over his daughter’s school — an act she claimed violated her temporary restraining order against him. Gibson later admitted to flying the banner, sharing several photos of himself and Shayla to Instagram with the caption: “I wanted the banner to be longer but it’s was too expensive.”

In a statement to PEOPLE, Norma’s attorney, Aleen Laura Khanjian,  said in response to the banner: “This disturbing behavior is a complete violation of the restraining order. It is a reflection of Mr. Gibson’s erratic state of mind.”

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Khanjian continued, “Simply put, he doesn’t respect boundaries. If he did, this restraining order would not have been necessary. At the end of the day, we simply want him to get the help he needs so that he can become a stable, solid and secure presence in his daughter’s life.”

Tyrese has posted often about his ongoing custody battle in recent weeks on social media. Last week, he shared a video montage on his Instagram account that showed photos of celebrities like Kanye WestWill SmithMichael Jacksonand Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with their kids as Luther Vandross’ “Dance with my Father” played in the background.

He also previously released an almost seven-minute long tearful video in which he openly begged Norma for reconciliation.

“Don’t take my baby. This is all I got. Don’t take my baby, okay?” he said in the Facebook live clip, sobbing. “I’ve been away from my baby for two months. I just want my baby and no one’s listening cause no one’s in the courtroom.”

Hours later, he shared another video on Instagram assuring fans he was doing well.

Norma claimed in her September declaration that Gibson was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well as manic behavior by three psychotherapists — which she said he denied. She expressed she was “deeply concerned” about the actor taking their daughter to Dubai, where he has allegedly threatened to travel in the past — and claimed the he did not return their daughter’s passport to her when she requested. She also claimed the actor withheld contact between her and Shayla while their daughter stayed with him.

Justice League: Inside the Cast’s ‘Chemistry’ — and the Most ‘Unforgettable’ Moment from Set

The Justice League goes through some serious growing pains before they finally learn how to work together, but the cast behind the superheroes bonded with each other quick as a flash.

“The chemistry between the cast was better than we could have imagined,” producer Chuck Roven tells PEOPLE of the star-studded ensemble film. “They completely connected both on and off the set.”

The cast, who posed for the exclusive PEOPLE photo above, includes Ezra Miller as the Flash, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.

“Usually, in between setups the cast will migrate and go back to their trailers but for most of the shoot, not only in between takes but in between setups, the cast would hang with each other,” Roven explained. “Whenever I would turn around or arrive on set there they would be, telling each other a story, an anecdote or laughing.” 

Newcomer Fisher, 30, bonded with Game of Thrones actor Mamoa the very first time they met. “When I went to shoot my day on Batman v Superman, Jason was also in town and he must’ve heard I was in the makeup trailer getting my face done and he comes in and was just like, ‘What’s up?! Nice to meet you.’ It was like an instant friendship,” he said.

“We’re working on something that transcends us all and we’ll be together for months and months, and hopefully years and years. just a great energy,” he added.

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“After I shot my day in Detroit, they were shooting a scene with Ben and I ended up meeting Ben that day as well — and the rest of the crew I met later on,” Fisher explained. “I met Ezra in New York and I met Gal and Henry for the first time in London, which was pretty phenomenal. Stepping on to the set, it’s this eclectic group of personalities that all have their own comedic sensibility, it was pretty special to watch.”

Miller also spoke with PEOPLE about his relationship with his coworkers, saying, “I love this gang of weirdos. We’re all very different humans and we really love each other through and through. I personally always feel that the goodness of what we create interpersonally on a set flows into the quantum fabric of the film. I trust completely in this very esoteric understanding.”

Affleck hopes that audiences enjoy seeing all their very different characters come together on the big screen. “Wonder Woman is very powerful, Aquaman is very badass — he’s got very strong and stubborn energy,” he explained. “Flash is a lot of fun and full of life and Cyborg is just a very smart and independent person.”

For Roven, seeing all the characters come together for the first time was the most exciting moment of the production. “Nothing could possibly be cooler than the moment we saw all the Justice League characters each in their own signature superhero costume, all on the set at the same time,” he said. “It was an unforgettable and electric moment.” 

Justice League is in theaters now.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Daughter Simone Named 2018 Golden Globe Ambassador

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s daughter, Simone Garcia Johnson, has been named the 2018 Golden Globe Ambassador, previously known as Miss Golden Globe.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) made the announcement on Wednesday, revealing the new title change for the first time.

“As we look forward to the 75th anniversary of the Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association members decided to expand this role to embody the HFPA’s philanthropic efforts year round,” said HFPA President Meher Tatna. “The honoree will now be referred to as the Golden Globe Ambassador and we could not think of a better representative than Simone to carry on this tradition, as her values closely reflect everything the HFPA stands for.”

“I’ve been lucky enough to grow up in a household with strong role models and feel so honored to represent the HFPA for its 75th Anniversary,” Garcia Johnson said in a statement. “As the newly minted Golden Globe Ambassador, I hope to serve as a role model to young people everywhere and empower them to speak out on issues they are passionate about.”

Last year’s honorees, Sylvester Stallone’s daughters Sophia, 21, Sistine, 19, and Scarlet Stallone, 15, introduced Johnson, 15, alongside Tatna on Wednesday.

The unveiling took place at a star-studded party at Catch in West Hollywood hosted by the HFPA and InStyle and sponsored by Fiji Water and Infiniti.

Johnson will follow in the footsteps of other Hollywood legends’ sons and daughters such as Dakota JohnsonLaura Dern and Melanie Griffith, who had previously had the role (and turned into stars themselves). Johnson will be tasked with escorting honorees on and off the stage, as well as carrying the statuettes.

 The 15-year-old model accompanied her famous dad when he won the 2017 People’s Choice Award for favorite premium series actor back in January. The Ballers actor brought his daughter as his date, and gave her a special shout-out from the stage, saying, “I love you so much.”

He added as an aside, “Yeah, she looks like daddy. Woo!”

Johnson, who was PEOPLE’s 2016 Sexiest Man Alive, shares Simone with ex Dany Garcia. He is also father to Jasmine, his 13-month-old daughter with longtime partner Lauren Hashian.

The Golden Globes, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, airs Jan. 8.

Angelina Jolie Alludes to Hollywood Sexual Misconduct Scandal in Emotional U.N. Speech

Angelina Jolie referenced the outpouring of sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood while urging United Nations peacekeepers to crack down on sexual violence in an emotional speech.

“Sexual violence is everywhere – in the industry where I work, in business, in universities, in politics, in the military, and across the world,” she said during her keynote address to the U.N. Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial Conference in Vancouver on Wednesday. 

“All too often, these kinds of crimes against women are laughed off, depicted as a minor offense by someone who cannot control themselves, as an illness, or as some kind of exaggerated sexual need,” she added. “But a man who mistreats women is not oversexed. He is abusive.”

Jolie, who has worked as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, previously confirmed to The New York Times that she had had “a bad experience” with Harvey Weinstein that caused her to end her relationship with him. Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by over 50 women since The New York Times and The New Yorker documented decades of alleged sexual misconduct and sexual assault involving a number of women in detailed articles in early October.

“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” a representative for the producer tells PEOPLE in a statement. “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. 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.”

Jolie called sexual violence “a critical obstacle to achieving women’s equality and our full human rights,” adding that it is often used as a weapon of war. “It is cheaper than a bullet, and it has lasting consequences that unfold with sickening predictability that make it so cruelly effective,” she explained.

Outside of Hollywood, the actress pointed to female Rohingya refugees seeking asylum in Bangladesh, saying that almost every woman there “is either a survivor of sexual violence or a witness to multiple incidences of sexual assault, rape or gang‑rape.”

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She also noted the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she said last week a trial opened “for 46 alleged cases of the rape of children by militia fighters, who had been told that blood of virgins would grant them supernatural protection. Some of the victims were 18 months old.”

Jolie went on to say that recognizing sexual violence as a weapon of war is not enough. “Even if we accept that sexual violence has nothing to do with sex, that it is a crime, and that it is used as a weapon, many people still believe that it is simply not possible to do anything about it.”

Fighting against sexual violence is “hard, but it is not impossible,” she said. “We have the laws, the institutions, and the expertise in gathering evidence. We are able to identify perpetrators. What is missing is the political will.”

Harvey Weinstein Sued for Allegedly Raping Actress in 2015

Another woman has come forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of rape. 

An unnamed actress listed as Jane Doe filed a lawsuit against the disgraced producer, claiming he masturbated in front of her in 2015 and raped her in 2016 at the same Beverly Hills hotel.

“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” a representative for the producer tells PEOPLE in a statement. “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. 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.” 

The woman allegedly met Weinstein in 2011 at a party in Los Angeles, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE. She says she told the producer that she was an actress, and claims that Weinstein “offered to assist her” with her career, so she gave him her number. 

According to the court documents, the two “maintained regular communication … every few months thereafter.” The woman also claims Weinstein invited her to attend award show parties over the next few years.

In 2015, the actress claims she met Weinstein at the Montage hotel to talk about a role on the show Marco Polo as well as “acting in two to three other projects.” At some point, Weinstein allegedly asked he if he could masturbate in front of her, an offer she says she declined. Despite telling him “no,” the actress says Weinstein grabbed her wrist with one hand while masturbating with his other hand until completion. The documents do not specify where the incident took place within the hotel.

Later in 2016, the woman allegedly met Weinstein again at the same hotel to “celebrate her upcoming role” in the show, “giving her the impression that she had been chosen for the part.” After briefly excusing himself, Weinstein allegedly returned in a bathrobe. The actress says she told Weinstein that “she did not want to do anything sexual with him.” He allegedly ignored her and “forcefully threw her” on the bed, pulled down her jeans and “started to orally copulate her.”

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She claims she tried to push him off, but that Weinstein used his “massive weight and strength” to force his penis inside of her vagina without a condom. “After he withdrew, he gripped her with one hand while using his other hand to masturbate,” the documents state. The actress “finally broke free from his grasp and immediately left the bedroom and suite.”

After the alleged attack, the woman says he contacted her again “and acted as if nothing had happened.” She allegedly “swore at him and hung up the phone.”

The woman, who says she never got the role on Marco Polo, is also suing The Weinstein Company, claiming the company was aware of that the producer had a pattern of using potential job opportunities to lure actresses into sex, and using violence to get his way. 

Weinstein, who is currently in Los Angeles spending time with his family, has been accused of sexual misconduct by over 50 women since The New York Times and The New Yorker documented decades of alleged sexual misconduct and sexual assault involving a number of women in detailed articles in early October.

The New York Police Department is currently gathering evidence against Weinstein after detectives interviewed actress Paz de la Huerta, who claims Weinstein raped her twice in 2010. Los Angeles police are also probing for “lewd conduct” stemming from an incident in 2015, while a similar investigation is underway in Beverly Hills.

Meanwhile, police in the United Kingdom have widened their investigation into Weinstein to include allegations of sexual assault by seven women.

Harvey Weinstein Is in Los Angeles with His Family: Sources

Harvey Weinstein is back in Los Angeles.

The disgraced mogul is spending time with his family while he is in town, a sources tells PEOPLE. He has four daughters and is still married to designer Georgina Chapman, who announced she was leaving him in the wake of the sexual misconduct allegations.

Weinstein has been seeking professional help in Arizona following his sexual harassment and assault scandal, and it is unclear why he has left treatment.

He has been accused of sexual misconduct by over 50 women since The New York Times and The New Yorker documented decades of alleged sexual misconduct and sexual assault involving a number of women in detailed articles in early October.

A spokesperson for Weinstein previously told PEOPLE in a statement that “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”

The producer checked into a luxury resort in Arizona for treatment on Oct. 11, about a week after The New York Times report, to “deal with this issue head-on,” according to a statement.

“Harvey is still in Arizona and is taking treatment seriously,” a source close to the situation previously told PEOPLE. “He only gets time off for meals and meals are spent with his treatment sponsor. He is basically in 24/7 treatment.”

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However, another source said, “He sees different doctors, but doesn’t go to a treatment facility every day,” adding that Weinstein has clashed with advisors over staying in Arizona: “Harvey wants to leave every day.”

Chapman was spotted out in England on Friday and wasn’t wearing her wedding ring. “Georgina’s plan is to keep staying low-key,” a source previously told PEOPLE. “She is focused on her children and her business. She doesn’t have any plans for public appearances.”

The New York Police Department is currently gathering evidence against Weinstein after detectives interviewed actress Paz de la Huerta, who claims Weinstein raped her twice in 2010. Los Angeles police are also probing for “lewd conduct” stemming from an incident in 2015, while a similar investigation is underway in Beverly Hills.

Meanwhile, police in the United Kingdom have widened their investigation into Weinstein to include allegations of sexual assault by seven women.

Rose McGowan Arrested for Felony Cocaine Warrant

Rose McGowan was arrested in relation to a warrant for felony possession of a controlled substance.

The actress turned herself in, was arrested and booked before being released on a $5,000 bond in Virginia Tuesday, according to the Loudoun County Sheriffs Office.

“Ms. McGowan appeared in Loudoun County, Virginia, on November 14, 2017, to accept service of the Airports Authority Police arrest warrant, and she was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond,” a spokesperson for the department said.

The warrant, obtained by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department, was issued on Feb. 1, according to the Associated Press.

Police launched an investigation after they allegedly found traces of narcotics in personal belongings left behind on a United flight arriving at the Washington Dulles International Airport on Jan. 20, the AP reported.

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A spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department, Rob Yingling, told Deadline investigators they believe the personal belongings were McGowan’s.

“Our police have attempted to contact Ms. McGowan so that she can appear in a Loudoun County Virginia court to respond to the charge,” Yingling said in October.

The fact there was a warrant out for the star’s arrest surfaced after the actress brought it upon social media in October.

The 44-year-old – who has accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her – claimed the warrant was part of a conspiracy to silence her.

“Are they trying to silence me? There is a warrant out for my arrest in Virginia. What a load of HORSES—,” she tweeted.

It is not clear when the actress became aware of the warrant.

A spokesperson for Weinstein previously told PEOPLE in a statement, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”

Jessica Chastain Says She’s Working to ‘Break Free of Stereotypes’ ‘Created’ by Hollywood

Jessica Chastain will not be playing a damsel in distress anytime soon.

The Zookeeper’s Wife star, 40, says she is passing on stereotypically female movie roles in an effort to combat old school Hollywood conventions.

“I am not one to go for traditional female roles, because I don’t think traditionally female characters are very interesting, and I don’t think they represent real life,” the actress tells Town & Country in their Dec./Jan. issue. 

“I’m working hard to break free of stereotypes that the film industry has created and nurtured around women,” she adds.

In addition to choosing her roles carefully, Chastain says she will no longer accept anything less than equal pay for equal work.

“If I’m in a situation where I have equal experience to the actor and my role is just as significant, there is no reason why I should be paid less,” she explains. “It’s not really part of my world anymore, because I just won’t accept it.”

The actress, who has long been an advocate for social change and women’s rights, says she hopes to inspire young girls to defy gender stereotypes as well.

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“I believe that the energy you put into the world is what you get back, so I’m trying to put something positive out there, something to inspire girls and go into science, to run for office, to try to join the space program,” she says.

Chastain adds that she will continue to use her voice to speak out for equality. “I am happy to stand alongside and march for any minority to have equal rights,” she says. “But I’m not into anything that incites violence, that magnifies hate, because it becomes contagious … I try to approach my political resistance and my life with hope and love.”

The Oscar nominee, known for playing strong female characters in films like Zero Dark Thirty and Miss Sloane, stars in Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming directorial debut Molly’s Game as Molly Bloom, a real-life Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target. It opens Dec. 25.

Why Amber Heard Hates Playing Characters Called ‘Beautiful’

Whether it’s children’s books or movie scripts, Amber Heard is sick of seeing female characters reduced to their physical appearance.

The Justice League actress, who is featured on the cover of Allure’s December issue, tells the outlet she has given up on reading for characters described only as “beautiful” or “enigmatic.”

“ seeing princesses in my books called beautiful was frustrating,” Heard said. “I found the same frustration in Hollywood. I read 5 to 10 scripts a week, and 4 out of 5 have nothing else to say about the female lead.”

She added, “Always the same adjectives: beautiful or sexy or some version of it. I started saying to my agents, ‘Don’t send me scripts where the first adjective in the female description is ‘beautiful.’ ‘ And if the second is ‘enigmatic,’ throw it in the trash.’ The word ‘enigmatic’ means ‘Her backstory doesn’t matter.’ I fell for that so many times.”

Heard said she traces her strong sense of social justice back to her childhood. “When I was growing up, my friends had ’N Sync posters, and I collected feminist propaganda from World War II,” she explained.

“Our mothers and grandmothers worked to make an environment that was deceptively comfortable,” she added. “I took it for granted. By comparison to other places or previous generations, we’re doing great. Yeah, sure, there have been some sexist things here … I was so wrong. I was so f—— wrong.”

Now that she has a platform of her own, Heard said she feels obligated to fight for what she believes in. “I don’t have to; I have to. If I didn’t have a platform, I would stand on my toes,” she said.

“I have a semifunctioning brain and a semifunctioning limbic system, and as a human being, it is incumbent on me to make the world a better place in any small, insignificant way I can,” she added. “I’ve always tried to do the right thing. I used everything I was given. I had to make it better for the next person.”

Heard said that she spends every moment trying to get the most out of life. “Is there anything worse than a life not lived?” she asked. “If I could write one honest sentence, it would be this: I have not wasted a single second.”

Jason Bateman’s Wife and Others Accuse Hotelier André Balazs of Sexual Misconduct

Jason Bateman’s wife Amanda Anka is among those accusing famous hotelier André Balazs of sexual misconduct in a New York Times report published Thursday.

Through their mutual representative, Bateman and Anka confirmed that Balazs, who owns celebrity hotspots like the Standard, the Mercer in London and Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, Calif, groped Anka’s crotch in Nov. 2014.

The couple were allegedly celebrating the release of Bateman’s film Horrible Bosses 2 at Balazs’s hotel, the Chiltern Firehouse in London, with the hotelier and some of their costars, including Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day.

According to the Times, Balazs insisted the group visit an upstairs room only accessible by a firehouse-style ladder in order to see a better view of the city. Anka, who was wearing a leather dress, was hesitant about climbing the stairs, but Balazs allegedly insisted. Once on the ladder, he allegedly reached his hand up her dress and groped her crotch.

Day’s wife, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, told the Times, “I witnessed behavior by André Balazs that was inappropriate and offensive.”

Anka allegedly told the group what had happened, causing Bateman and his colleagues to become “visibly upset,” the Times reports. Back downstairs, Bateman allegedly spit his gum in Balazs face before leaving the hotel quickly with his wife.

“On behalf of Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka, we can confirm that the account of André Balazs’s outrageous and vile behavior on that night in London is factual,” Bateman and Anka’s publicist said in a statement to the outlet. “His actions were dealt with at the time.”

Balazs, who has dated celebrities like Uma Thurman and Chelsea Handler, has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women since Harvey Weinstein’s alleged bad behavior has surfaced, according to the Times.

A former employee named Sarah, who worked at the Chateau Marmont in the early 1990s, told the Times that her former boss pinned her against a wall, covered her mouth and “pushed his fingers in her vagina” at a club after the two had dinner together.

“I just froze,” she said. Another former employee said that Balazs pinned her in an elevator and tried to kiss her, but she was able to escape.

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Elodie Trouche, one of Balazs’s personal assistants for two years beginning in 2011, said she did not witness inappropriate behavior. “He was professional and polite,” she said. “It was about doing the job.”

But a 26-year-old female media executive also said Balazs touched her without her consent. The woman said that the hotelier, whom she did not know well, grabbed her crotch at a party. “I was humiliated,” she said.

The woman told her roommate about the alleged incident, according to the Times, but regrets not saying anything in the moment.

Will Harvey Weinstein Go to Prison? Inside What’s Next as Cops Investigate Sexual Assault Cases

 

With a possible indictment looming in New York and separate investigations under way in Los Angeles and London, legal experts are weighing in what it will take for Harvey Weinstein to be criminally charged — and whether he could go to prison.

The disgraced movie mogul, 65, who is currently in treatment in Arizona, has been accused of sexual misconduct by over 50 women since The New York Times and The New Yorker documented his decades of alleged sexual misconduct and assault.

A spokesperson for Weinstein previously told PEOPLE in a statement, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”

The Current Investigations

Weinstein is under investigation for rape by the Los Angeles Police Department after an Italian model-actress gave a detailed account of an alleged sexual assault involving the producer in 2013. That was the first case against Weinstein to be made public in California.

Los Angeles police are also investigating Weinstein for “lewd conduct” stemming from an incident in 2015, while a similar investigation is underway in Beverly Hills.

Meanwhile, police in the United Kingdom have widened their investigation into Weinstein to include allegations of sexual assault by seven women.

In New York City, detectives interviewed Boardwalk Empire actress Paz de la Huerta — who claims Weinstein raped her twice in 2010 — and found her story to be “credible,” a spokesperson for the department previously confirmed to PEOPLE.

The Manhattan district attorney is expected to approach a grand jury to seek an indictment for Weinstein based on de la Huerta’s allegations, WNBC reported Tuesday. However, a spokesperson for Weinstein said Wednesday that they “do not believe” an indictment is imminent. “A formal presentation will be made on Mr. Weinstein’s behalf in the appropriate course of the investigation, and we strongly believe we will demonstrate that no criminal charges are warranted,” Weinstein’s spokesperson said.

What Does an Indictment Mean?

“An indictment usually means a grand jury has reviewed the testimony of the witnesses and decided that there’s enough to charge him or her,” L.A.-based criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor Dmitry Gorin, who’s not involved in the Weinstein case, tells PEOPLE. 

“But defense attorneys do not participate in grand juries,” Gorin adds. “This is where the old saying ‘you can indict a ham sandwich’ comes from because the burden of proof is so low.”

L.A. criminal law attorney Lou Shapiro, who also has no relation to the case, says it’s important to keep in mind that an indictment is not necessarily an indication of guilt.

However, given the media attention surrounding Weinstein, Gorin says the district attorney will most likely not want to seek an indictment without a solid case. “Anytime you have a high-profile case, the district attorney’s office know they’re going to be under the microscope,” he explains.

“They don’t want to have an O.J. Simpson mess on their hands where they lose a high-profile trial. So I think, especially in these types of cases, the prosecution will be crossing their T’s and dotting their I’s. By that I mean they’re going to interview as many witnesses as possible and obtain all evidence before they jump to a decision to press charges.”

What Will It Take to Get an Indictment?

Gorin says prosecutors will assess the strength of the victim’s statement, any physical evidence, the level of contemporaneous corroboration and whether they can find other alleged victims willing to testify.

In addition to finding de la Huerta’s account “credible,” a spokesperson for the NYPD said that they have been able to corroborate aspects of her story. The actress’s therapist also confirmed to Vanity Fair that de la Huerta told her that she felt coerced into having sex with Weinstein at the time.

While there is likely no physical evidence given that the alleged incident occurred seven years ago, Gorin says, “In most states, you can use propensity evidence to argue that the person is a sexual deviant — or somebody who assaults women. In other words, you can present other alleged victims’ testimony in the jurisdiction, even if those women aren’t charged as victims in that particular case.”

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What Happens If an Indictment Is Issued?

If a grand jury does grant Manhattan D.A.’s office an indictment for Weinstein, it’s not likely the producer will be hauled away in handcuffs.

“You can bet that his attorneys are in constant communication with the Manhattan D.A.’s office to find out when and if an indictment is coming down, and if it is, rather than them arresting and creating a whole circus, he’ll be able to just professionally and politely surrender,” Shapiro says. “He’ll have a bondsman with him in the court room to post bail, and then shortly thereafter he’ll be released.”

Gorin agrees, adding, “Besides the media frenzy that will follow, he’s going to have to surrender himself, be arrested, be booked and he’ll have a fairly substantial bail set given his resources. I’d expect something in the seven-figure range. So he’ll post the bail bond in whatever jurisdiction he’s indicted in and then basically prepare his defense and await a trial date.”

What Happens If Multiple Jurisdictions Want to Charge Him?

Shapiro notes that if the Manhattan D.A. gets an indictment for Weinstein, other agencies in California and London will be “watching from the bleachers.” He explains, “If another jurisdiction has a strong case or at least a medium case, they might bring an indictment concurrently along with New York. If they feel like they have a weaker case, they’ll probably sit it out to see how this one goes, because if he is convicted, they can use a prior conviction to bolster their weak case.”

What Is the Prosecution’s Strategy?

If Weinstein goes to trial, Gorin says prosecutors will try to create a simple narrative to show a pattern of behavior to a jury.

“The most compelling aspect is the number of women and the similar details of their stories,” he says. “They’re going to argue that Weinstein has a very strong position in the Hollywood community, and that he uses that position of trust to lure the women in, attacks them when they’re least expecting and then offers them work essentially in exchange for their silence.”

Prosecutors will then rely on the strength of their victim’s statement, any corroborating evidence and potential statements from other victims to help make their case.

Media reports concerning Weinstein’s behavior will not be taken into account, Shapiro explains. “If he goes to a jury trial and the prosecution wants to present other witnesses to show a pattern of bad behavior, then they’d have to bring in the actual complaining witnesses.” Those witnesses would also be open to cross-examination by Weinstein’s defense.

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How Will Weinstein Defend Himself?

“Probably the most basic argument is going to be that this was all consensual, that maybe it was immoral to use his power as a producer to have sexual relationships, but it was consensual,” Gorin says.

Secondly, Gorin says, “The defense points are going to be, after the alleged attacks, what did the victims do? Did they still spend time with him? Did they remain friendly with him? Did they communicate with him?”

If Weinstein is charged in New York, Shapiro says that defense attorneys will be quick to point out the fact that de la Huerta went back into a room with him after the first alleged attack. Although she claims she was drunk and frightened at the time, Shapiro explains, “They’re going to argue that it’s very uncharacteristic of a rape victim to go back into a room with her rapist.”

Both Gorin and Shapiro point out that using de la Huerta’s therapist as corroboration could be a Pandora’s box for the prosecution. “If the prosecution uses her therapist’s notes for corroboration, all her medical records are then going to be put on the table,” Shapiro says. Once the defense has access to those records, they will scour them for any evidence that could suggest de la Huerta was not in a sound mindset at the time.

Finally, Shapiro says, “They’re going to ask why it took so long for her to come forward, especially if she’s saying this happened to her twice.”

Gorin adds, “They’re going to say these accusers are coming out to kick a guy while he’s down and jump on the bandwagon to try and get some sort of financial settlement out of him.”

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Could Weinstein Go to Prison?

Jail time is a possibility for the highest-level charges, but if Weinstein is prosecuted for a lower-level charge, “it would be very likely he would plead to some type of action that would possibly keep him out of jail but on very strict probation,” attorney Angela Reddock-Wright, founding and managing partner of the L.A.-based Reddock Law Group, previously told PEOPLE.

But Shapiro says prosecutors likely have a tough battle ahead of them.

“As a fellow attorney, I don’t envy the position the prosecution and the NYPD are in right now,” he explains.

“While they probably can get an indictment, if you’re the prosecutor or police, you’re also thinking long term about proving a case beyond a reasonable doubt, especially with all the media pressure. They don’t want to bring a case they can’t prove down the line.”

Terry Crews Confirms He Filed a Police Report After Making Sexual Assault Allegations

Terry Crews has filed a report to the Los Angeles Police Department almost a month after he made sexual assault allegations against a “high level Hollywood executive.”

On Wednesday, Crews, 49, met with officers in the LAPD Hollywood Station, an LAPD spokesperson told PEOPLE.

Crews confirmed to TMZ that he filed the report and said of his reasoning, “People have to be held accountable.” He also revealed that he is planning to file a lawsuit against his perpetrator: “We’re going to go all the way.”

In early October, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star revealed on Twitter the details of an incident in which he alleges a “high level Hollywood executive” groped him. He cited the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault and harassment scandal as his motivation for coming forward.

“This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME,” he tweeted, revealing the alleged ordeal in a series of further posts.

Crews said the incident happened at a “Hollywood function” in 2016 and claimed the executive came over to him “and groped my privates.”

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“Jumping back I said What are you doing?! My wife saw everything n we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk,” alleged Crews, adding in another tweet, “I was going to kick his a– right then— but I thought twice about how the whole thing would appear.”

The 6-foot-3 star said, ” ‘240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho’ would be the headline the next day,” adding, “Only I probably wouldn’t have been able to read it because I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL. So we left.”

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Crews said he spent the rest of the evening and the next day speaking to “everyone I knew that worked with” the exec about what happened, and added that the man behind the alleged assault called him and apologized.

“But never really explained why he did what he did,” said Crews, adding, “I decided not 2 take it further becuz I didn’t want 2b ostracized— par 4 the course when the predator has power n influence. I let it go. And I understand why many women who this happens to let it go.”

Crews declined to name the executive, and said he has empathy for “those who have remained silent.”

Manhattan DA Seeking to Indict Harvey Weinstein — Movie Mogul Doesn’t Think Move Is ‘Imminent’

 

The Manhattan district attorney is expected to approach a grand jury to seek an indictment for Harvey Weinstein, WNBC reported Tuesday. However, a spokesperson for the movie mogul said Wednesday they “do not believe” an indictment is “imminent.”

“A formal presentation will be made on Mr. Weinstein’s behalf in the appropriate course of the investigation, and we strongly believe we will demonstrate that no criminal charges are warranted,” the spokesperson said.

The New York Police Department has been investigating the disgraced mogul, 65, since detectives interviewed Boardwalk Empire actress Paz de la Huerta — who claims Weinstein raped her twice in 2010 — and found her story to be “credible,” a spokesperson for the department previously confirmed to PEOPLE.

Joan Vollero, a spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, said last week that an investigation into Weinstein is ongoing. “A senior sex crimes prosecutor is assigned to this investigation, and the Office has been working with our partners in the NYPD since the new allegations came to light. As this is an active investigation, we will not be commenting further.”

Police said that they have been able to corroborate aspects of de la Huerta’s story, and said that if the allegations were recent and the movie mogul were in New York, they would make the arrest.

“Formal charges against Weinstein could come down the middle of next week,” a source close with the NYPD tells PEOPLE. “If the charges are not confirmed next week, it’ll definitely happen before Thanksgiving.”

However, since Weinstein is currently out of state and the allegations are years old, investigators still need to gather more evidence before seeking a warrant for Weinstein’s arrest. Weinstein is currently in Arizona getting treatment.

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The producer has been accused of sexual misconduct by over 50 women including Cara DelevingneAshley JuddGwyneth Paltrow, and Angelina Jolie since The New York Times and The New Yorker documented  decades of alleged sexual misconduct and sexual assault involving a number of women in detailed articles in October.

A spokesperson for Weinstein previously told PEOPLE in a statement, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”

Los Angeles police are also probing for “lewd conduct” stemming from an incident in 2015, while a similar investigation is underway in Beverly Hills.

Meanwhile, police in the United Kingdom have widened their investigation into Weinstein to include allegations of sexual assault by seven women.