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banking around you -- your plans, your goals, yo dreams. your tomorrow is now. purepoint financial.nd >> a now, "bbc world news." rajini: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am rajini vaidyanathan. hollywood mogul harvey weinstein charged with rape and xual abuse. a new york court releases him on $1 million bail with an order he is electronically monitored. the rela korea and the u.s. has certainly been explosive lately. now the summit wch was off may be back on. and he gained inrnational fame at the royal wedding. now bishop curry is bringing his message of social justice re to washington. rev. curry: i love my president and i pray for him, just as much as i love the people and the
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poor and immigrants and others for whom i advocate. rajini: welcome to ubr viewers onc television in america and around the world. the disgraced hollywood film produc been charged with rape and sexual abuse. this morning he turned himself in and appead in a new york court. once the most powerful man in his industry, today the only deal he was making was his bail arrangement, which came to $1 million cash andlu is having to wear an electronic tag. the charges relate to two women, s t dozens others have made allegatiainst him. mr. weinstein's lawyer says hish client denies e criminal charges.ew from n york, nick bryants. report nick: new york city can feel , like a giant movie sett thisal was the criminustice system put into action for real.
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as harvey weinstein arrived to be charged, i managed to confront him. , thisust be very humiliating foyou. he walked into the pole station with three large books under his arm, one about broadway musicals. what mattered were the words on accusing himt, of two counts of rape and one for criminal sexual acts for incidents invo women.o separate inside the station, he was arrested, fingerprinted, and formally booked. about an hour later he was brought out flanked by two detectives wearing handcuffs ano whatd like a wry smile. harvey weinstein is being taken to a criminal court, and this ic the day hisers long to see. his demeanor had noticeably changed by the time he was led into court. the movie mogul who once loved parading on the red carpet forced to take what the americans call a perp walk.
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he looked numb during the short arraignment hearing as prosecutors outlined their case. >> the defendant used his position, money, and power, he would lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually. nick: his lawyer claimed his client was innocent and he cannot be prosecuted for bad behavior, just for criminal behavi. >> mr. weinstein did not invent the caing couch in hollywood, and to the extent that there is bad beha that is not what this is about. bad behavior is not on trial in it is only if you intentionally committed a criminal act. mr. weinstein vigorously denies that. ck: the reaction on sial media was swift and celebratory. from some of those who accused him of wrongdoing and others who workedard to see him in court today.
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rose: to see him in cuffs on the way out, whether he smiled when or, n a good feeling. nick: actress rose mcgowan accused him of raping her. rose: this is a big strike into the heart of abuse of power, a shows people worldwide what iho wang the whole time, that this cannot and will not stand. nick: harvey weinstein not onlyo used tnate an industry, he commanded almost every room. but to watch him today was to see his power drain away. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. rajini: for more on the legal angles of this case, i spoke a brief time ago with wendy murphy, professor of sexual violence law. thanks for coming on the program. at is the case that prosecutors will have to prove in this? wendy: he is currently charged with three different felonies. a first-degr rape, third-degree rape, and a sexual abuse charge. but they are a felonies and he faces up to 25 years if convicted. in a sense, they all require
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somewhat the same kind of evidence that the behavior was without the consent of the victim, that it was done forcibly, and that there was me kind of sexual contact.e thre serious charges require penetration. we don't know much about one of. the vict the charges involve two different women. one of the women, lucia evans, has spoken publicly, and she has heacknowledged that one of cases involved what happened to her. we don't know much about the other victim. officials have described her as someone who has not yet spoken publicly that is very interesting. those appear to be the more serious charges of rape. again, when were talking about rape under new york law, this is not an unfriendly seal encounter with people might have had a misunderstanding. this is forcible penetration. under new york law, thefi tion of force is very serious.
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there has to be almost aes physical, agve act, a threatened act of violence. force is a very difficult element to prove. t know the details of th evidence of the woman who has not spoken publicly, but suffice it to say, if he has been charged, law enforcement officials believe he can prove he aed with force. we know with regard to lucia evans that the force alleged in that case is that he grabbed hea he forced her to submit to penetration, oral penetration. that act alone, the grabbing ofd her headorcing her onto his body, that is enough to prove forcible felony sex crime in new york. rajini: could we see like in the cost the case other women coming forward to testify?
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uendy: absolutely. the answers of theion of how many of the 80 or so victims of harvey weinstein might be allowed to take the stand is anyone's guess at this point. the judge has tremendous discretion. for sure, the kinds of cases at would be allowed to b admitted for that kind of testimony to show that he had a pattern of certain type of behavior would have to be similar enough to the allegations here it couldn't just be any woman who said he sexually assaulted her. the facts would have to li pretty closely to what we see here. he does have a pretty strange pattern.fo bill cosby, it was a strange pattern of drugging women, knocking them unconscious, and t rapim. for harvey weinstein, his pattern that is strange enough to admit some of the other women's testimonies is that he lured them with falsms about "you come to my office and i will help you get a job in hollywood." he did that a lot. if i were the judge in this case, i would let those women testifd to their stories to show that this is not a guy who was on a bad date with women who found him boorish.
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this is a guy who was predatory, using his power to hunt down women he could take vantage of by offering them jobs and using his power over their carrs to force them to submit to his -- rajini: very briefly, if i may ask you, how key is today in the whole me too movement? wendy: boy, this is a great day in the me too movement, and a great day overall for women in this country. women are not yet constitutionally equal under the constitution in america, and at in a large sense participates in causing high rates of sexual violence against women in this country. it is a wonderful day because the guys who g away with sexual violence against women tend to be the powerful, wealthy, guys like harvey weinstein and bill cby. we have a new message today in this country that they are not getting away with it anymore. rajini: wendy murphy, thanks for joining us.
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yesterday it was off, and now the summit between president trump and kim jong-un back on, but nothing for certain. mr. trump indicated the meeting could be salvaged after a conciliatory statement from north korea, saying it remains open to talk but for anyone following these negotiations, the wh of developments is keeping everyone guessing and travel agents quite busy. the bbc's north america editor jon sopel sent us this report. jon: as the north koreans set charges to theirnly known test site, it seems all of the summit mmit wentpes of the up in smoke about the same time these buildings blasted to smithereens. the explosions taking pl e just as donald trump was pulling the plug on his planned meetinwith kim jong-un, citing north korea's tremendous anger a en hostility.at th in turn provoked very openit hoy towards the u.s. president in south korea.
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but that was a whole 24 hours ago, and a lot can change in that time. overnight, the north koreans issued a conciliatory statement saying "the unilateral announcement to cancel the summit is unexpected, and we cannot but feel great regret for it. we have the intent twith the u.s. side to solve problems rerdless at any time." that was music to donald trump's ears. you remember the summit that was off? it might now be back on. pres. trump: we will see what happens. we are talking to them now. they very much want to do it. we would like to do it.re weoing to see what happens. jon: at the pentagon, the defense secretary, far from rattling sabers, was talking up the possibility, too. secretary mattis: possibly some good news on the korea summit, where if the diplomats can pullh it off ae it back on, even. jon: today kim jong-un was striking an unusually relaxed ense in pictures released by the
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north korean news -- a floppy hat, white jacket, looking to the world as if he was quite enjoying himself. and donald trump, who loves drama, too, might be enjoying it as well. but for all the atmosphericsve might have imp substantial policy differences remain. a spokesman insisting that north korea must commit to the quick denuclearization of the korean peninsula. who would bet on how this is going to turn out? n sopel, bbc news, washington.ni raa brief time ago i discussed the prospect of future summits with a former u.s. ambassador to the un., bill richardson, who has been on multiple diplomatic missions to north korea. inanks very much for comin one minute the summit is off and now we are getting indications it could be back on. as someone who has extensive experience dealing with no dh korea, wheyou see things? mr. richardson: first of all, there is a trump roller coaster foreign policy.
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and the north koreans, they want this summit badly. they know they may have overplayed their hand with their rhetoric, with their insults. but that is how they operate.i ink the summit will happen. i don't think it will be june 12. but shortly thereafter. but i think the positive lining that both sides will now assess the reality of what the summitg. might br the u.s. has had too many high expectations about denuclearization. the north koreans know that they are going to have to do something substantl. auybe it is good that this has happened. i don't think either side was prepared, especially the united states. rajini: you talk about both sides having a different idea of what denuclearization means. how much could this ntinue to be a sticking point? mr. richardson: well, it is going to continue to be a sticking point.
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there has to be compromise. the rth koreans think denuclearization is freezing the tinuclear capabi, their missiles, curbing their use. s the unittes says you have to destroy all your nuclear weapons. the north koreans have as many as 60. they are not going to destroy th. but some compromising made the possible on denuclearization, on missiles, convthtional weapons look to south korea. certainly a summit could substantially reduce tensions. at is what we want. the peninsula has been fraught with enormous danger and national security problems. rajini: governor, the reason why president trump wrote the letter yesterday, called it o now saying the conciliatory atement could put things back on, but many will wonder if that is enough to get things back on track and address underlyingsu of why the presidente wre letter. mr. richardson: you have to look at the politics besides the national security issue.rs both leaeed the summit. kim jong-un needs it.
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whenever i negotiated with him, the ultimate goal is negotiation with the president of the united states. president trump, because of his inmestic problems, because this could be a far-rea agreement, the most important that he has, needs the summit, too. th are very unpredictabl both leaders are impulsive. they shoot from the hip. they are not traditional diplomats. so i think the summit being in the best interest of both countries will happen, but under witherent circumstance different goals, more realistic goals, which i think is good,ca e had they met june 12 with unrealistic objectives, the summit could have been a disaster for both countries.yo rajiniare obviously one of the few people who can say they negotiated with north korea. do you think the current administration is going about it in the right manner? mr. richardson: no. i believe the president deserves wiedit for agreeing to mee kim jong-un, but no, i think the
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stration is speaking wit too many voices. you have got john bolton, the national security adviser, saying the libya model, where qaddafi ded up dead. if i am kim jong-un, i would be very nervous with that. then you have got pompeo, who i think is on the righk, who has met with kim jong-un, state department diplomat, diplomacy. the administration needs speak with one voice, and it should be pompeo, not the vice president, national security, or the president. the president, you know know what he -- you never know what he is going to tweet early in the morning.th that is ong. second thing, forget complete denuclearization. the north koreans aren't going to do it. but it is worthy of the summit io discuss curbing missile use, nuclear use, convel there are a lot of good things that can happen. the situation on the peninsula couldn't be worse, so from the top to the bottom it is the best way to negotiate, because in the
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past, negotiating from the bottom to the top hasn't worked -- under bush, under clinton, under obama. rk under will president trump, but he sure makes things very difficult, and exciting, and unpredictable. rajini: certainly difficult and exciting. governor richardson, thanks so much for joining us. . richardson: thank you. thank you very much. s rajini: now let'ke a look at some of today's other news. the governments of the netherlands and australia have formally accused russia of being behind the shooting do a flight mh17 over ukraine four years ago. s the kremlin says there i evidence of russian involvement. bril's president says that he tons to send in the army clear roads that have been blocked for five days while lorry drivers purchased high fuel prices. they have nearly doubled in brazilince 2016. because of the protests come many shops are runc ng low on baods, and airports are said to be closed for running out of fuel.
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you arebc watching orld news america." still to come on tonight's program, a week ago he was getting ready for the royal wedding. now it is washington, not windsor, where bishop michael curry is making his voice heard. army has been h rking the 10niversary of britains royal air force for the ceremony in paris today. it is sign of cooperation between the two countries when they fought alongside ea other against germany in the first world war.ft a team of airc enthusiasts in the united kingdom have been rebuilding original planes fro the period. fir correspondent in paris, hugh scd, was at the site for the occasion apo send this rert. hugh: from the yorkshire air museum, they've been putting it back together in the french army museum, along with the french
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plane. it was one of the planes flown by british pilots over france in world war i, i'm here it is celebrating not just the 100 years of the raf come about 100 years of cperation of air warfare between the u.k. and france. the famili insignia of the royal air force come instantly reminiscent of the french national flag. why is it like that? in the first world war, the planes of the new raf had to be easily identifiable by their french allies. it was in france tha the raf was in effect created. by 1918, there were 50 british squadrons here. the first planes were only for reconnaissance. but then some took up machine took shots at the germans, the e hadndent, and air warf begun. -- flying,t alone let alone flying in the air, was in its infancy.
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today there is a cemony and dance from the two countries have been rehearsing. forces on, the two air work closely together despite its good. today it is supersonic jiss and cruiseles against jihadis. air warfare has come a long way. hugh schofield, bbc news, paris. ulse of just closed in ireland's abortion referendum. bepeople hav asked if they want to keep or overturned the country's constitu ban on abortion. reports suggest turnout has been high, with thousands of people flying home from around the world to cast their vote, our ireland correspondent reports. repoer: an emotional day for ireland. for some, casting one vote was worth traveling many miles.
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da>> i have come from amst and i think it is very important. hopefully it will be a historic day in we will vote yes, and finally irish women will have control over their bodies. >> hard to watch from away a not be able to do much except tweeting and facebooking. reporter: a yes vote would pave the way to legalize abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy. >> i work in brussels, and i am coming home to vote no.e i believe gislation is far too extreme. i believe killing for convenience is terrible. reporter: ireland's traditional catholic roots have led to the country retaining some of the strictest abortion laws in the world. what is known as the eighth amendmt of the country's constitution gives an equal right to life for a mother and the unborn. but leo varadkar, the country's first openly gay prime minister,
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has been leading the call for change. >> ilways get a little buzz from voting. lsit fike it is democracy in action. not taking anything for granted, of course, but quietly confident that it has been good to turnout so far. reporter: polling stations have a recording high turnout all a day,eflection of the strength of feeling on this i issue inland and the resultser of the vocifs campaign in every part of the country. how big a day is this r ireland? >> a massive day for young generations. reporter: this referendum is the culmination of an intense debate over one of ireland's most emotive sues. its result will be a measure of the country'p's social and tical change. rajini:his time last week we were preparing for the royal wedding, and back then if you -- few knewha of bishop m
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curry. what a difference a sermon can make. he became one of the stars of the ceremony, and since then he haseen riding a media high. e st night he got his message of social justice h washington, d.c., and i got to meet him. he is the man of the moment after last week's royal wedding, but now bishop curry is sck on americl. as you can see, there is a huge crowd to see him. rev. curry: love your neighbor -- that is why we are here. love your neighbor. love the neighbor you like and the neighbor you don't like. love your demoat neighbor, your republican neighbor, your black neighbor, your white neighbour anglor, your latino, your lgbtq neighbor. love your neighbor! that's why we're here, that's why we're here.: rajiniat was it like to see bishop curry up close?s >> it ally surreal and it made it feel like the church is global. w even though preaching to royals a week ago, he is now in
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the american capital preaching to us. >> such an honor to be feet away afrom a man who gave suchreat message about love. >> after hearing what he had to say at the royal wedding, it was a meage for the entire world not just for the couple, and it was reitered here in the land that thinks it is the most powerful what happens to be the most confused. ♪ rev. curry: we have in many respects overcome segregation io contexts, but we have segregated ourselves now notlo just lines of race, but along lines of politics. we are inviting people who are-w left and rightg to come together and actually get to know each other. rajini: bishop curry ie of a number of faith leaders leading a candlelight procession to the ewhite house to take the there. your mission statement is fairly strong. you talk about america first
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policies as heresy. is that a direct dig at donald trump? rev. curry: no, it is not. it is a statemt, a reminder especially to christian people, that only god is first. i love my country. we love our country. but we don't see our country as better than any other country. rajini: do you love your president? rev. curry: i love my presidort and i prayim, just as much ,s i love the people, the poor immigrants, and others for whome i advo >> ♪ i'm going to let it shine ♪ rajini: you have a huge profile after last week. would you consider running for office? rev. curry: no. i'm a spiritual person, i'm a spiritual leader. that's my job. >> ♪ i'm going to let it shine ♪ rajini: bishop curry ending our
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: esite house legislative director marc short discuhat's next tor the trump agenda. then, the hard roaeace. colombia's rebel group transitions into a political errty, but leaves a dangerous vacuum of control he cocaine industry. and, it's friday. mark shields and david brooks are here. we tk about the president's decision to cancel the summit with north korea, and more. then, brothers in film. how a quirky fmmaking duo have ltivated their own way through hollywood. >> we watched audiences, le, gasp, and laugh their butts off, r and we looked at each otd

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