Weinstein's arrest marks a profound shift – but how far will it go?

It’s a victory for the #MeToo movement, but advocates caution significant work still needs to be done to change the system

Gone were the red carpets and golden statues. The army of accommodating assistants and flattering executives had disappeared.

Instead, on Friday morning, Harvey Weinstein was flanked by two police officers – one of whom was a woman – who led the dishonored Hollywood producer from the New York City police station where he had surrendered on charges of rape and sexual abuse.

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Harvey Weinstein's arrest explained: the charges and what's next

The movie mogul could spent up to 25 years in prison, and officials have said they may add to the charges

The disgraced movie mogul is charged with rape, a criminal sex act, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct for cases involving two women, according to the New York police department.

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Harvey Weinstein: the remarkable downfall of Hollywood's biggest mogul

The world was watching Weinstein’s surrender, handcuffed ‘perp walk’ and quiet exit from a New York courthouse on bail

As Harvey Weinstein stood in court listening to prosecutors outline the charges against him Friday, the formerly powerful film producer mostly stood with his mouth open and his eyes low.

Then finally, as Manhattan assistant attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon crystalized the accusations against him, there was a change in expression. “This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually,” she said, causing Weinstein to raise his brows, almost as though surprised to hear it.

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Our mentally ill daughter was left to die | Letters

Our daughter was sent to a brutal, chaotic and uncaring place 200 miles from home, writes one parent, while Keir Harding writes about how fear and neglect can prompt aggression in sufferers

We were absolutely horrified to read about the emergency mental health response in the Bradford area (70 years of the NHS, 23 May) and the claim that there have been no “out of area” placements in its first year of operation. When our daughter needed this service, it was only available to those over 18. Because of the inadequacies of the local CAMHS, she and many other teenagers were and continue to be placed in totally inadequate inpatient “care” a long way from family and friends. A year ago our daughter was sent over 200 miles from home. She was left to die in one of these facilities, a particularly brutal, chaotic and uncaring place which has consistently failed in every CQC inspection since it opened. It was only because of the expertise of the paramedics who attended the scene and the skills of the trauma unit at the local hospital that she survived, albeit with a raft of ongoing and life-changing medical complications. Young people continue to be failed by the system which is, in our experience, not fit for purpose or responsive at the time of need.
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• Bev Humphrey (The underfunding of the NHS is almost conspiratorial, 16 May) makes an excellent point about the lack of coordination between mental health services and the criminal justice system. Fear evokes a fight or flight response. The NHS would see its role as helping people to manage their reactions to fear if they have a severe impact on their life. If your response is to run then the NHS will be eager to help. If your response is aggression then the doors of the mental health service will be closed to you. Those in our prison system have lived through neglect, fear, humiliation and abuse, often with role models who taught them that violence was the answer. When we leave children to grow up in these environments we cannot turn our backs because we find their responses unpalatable.
Keir Harding
Wrexham

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The Guardian view on Brexit in crisis: time for a reboot | Editorial

The EU has an interest in helping the UK devise a new model of associate membership

Brexit is not just one negotiation between two sides. At its heart is the dialogue between the EU and Theresa May’s government, but that process has become increasingly detached from the negotiation that Mrs May conducts with her cabinet, her party, and parliament. The concept of Brexit being presented to British audiences now bears hardly any relation at all to the concept as it is grasped in Brussels.

This disparity is extremely dangerous. For weeks, Mrs May has been bogged down in debate about alternatives to a customs union, as if that is the thing on which a good deal depends. Viewed from Brussels, this looks like refusal to engage with underlying issues, and dereliction of duty to explain to voters what the true choices entail.

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