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for advocate. rajini: welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the world. the disgraced llywood film producer harvey weinstein has been charged with rape and sexual abuse. this morning he rned himself in and appeared 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 camto $1 million cash and includes having to wear an electronic tag. the charges relate to two women zens others have made allegations against him. mr. weinstein's lawyer says his client denies the criminal charges. from new york, nick bryant reports. nick: new york city can feel like a giant movie set, but this was the criminal justice system put into action for real.
as harvey weinstein arrived to be charged, i managed to confront him. , this must be very humiliating for you. he walked into the police station with three large books under his arm, o about broadway musicals. what matteredere the words on accusing hims of two counts of rape and one for criminal sexual acts for incidents involving two separate women. inside theas station, he w arrested, fingerprinted, and formally booked. about an hour later he was brought out flanked by twoct detees wearing handcuffs and what looked like a wry smile.te harvey weins is being taken to a criminal court, and this is the day his accusers long to see. his demeanor had noticeably changed by the time he led into court. ove movie mogul who once l parading on the red carpet forced to take what the amicans call a perp walk.
he lookenumb during the short arraignment hearing as prosecutors outlined their case. >>he defendant used his position, money, ander p, he would lure young women into situations where he was ab violate them sexually. nick: his lawyer claimed his client was innocent and he cannot behavior, just for criminal behavior. >> mr. weinstein did not invent couch in hollywoo and to the extent that there is bad behavior in that industry, that is not what this is about. bad behavior is not on trial in this case. it is only if you intentionally committed a criminal act. mr. weinstein vigorously denies that. nick: the reaction on social media was swift and celebratory. from some of those who accused him of wrongdoing and others who worked hard to see him in court today.
rose: to see him in cuff won the way outher he smiled when or not, is a good feeling. nick: tress rose mcgowan accused him of raping her. rose: this is a big strike into the heart of abuse of power, and it shows people worldwide what i was hoping the whole time, thatn this cannowill not stand. nick: harvey weinstein not only used to dominate an industry, he commanded almost every room. but to watch him today was todr see his powen away. n nick bryant, bs, 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 prram. what is the case that prosecutors will have to prove in this? wendy: he is currently charged with three different felonies. a first-degree rape, third-degree rape,nd a sexual abuse charge. but they are all felonies and he faces up to 25 yearsf convicted. in a sense, they all require somewhat the same kind of
evidence that the behavior was without the consent of the ctim, that it was doneib forcly, and that there was some kind of sexual contact. the more serious charges require penetration.t we don'ow much about one of the victims. the charges involve two different women. one of the women, lucia evans, haasspoken publicly, and she acknowledged that one of the cases involved what happened to her. we don't know much about the other s ctim. officive described her as someone who has not yet spoken publicly. that is verynteresting. those appear to be the more serious charges of rape. again, when we are talking about rape under new yorlaw, this is not an unfriendly sexual encounter with people might hava a misunderstanding. this is forcible penetration.r unw york law, the definition of force is very serious. there has to be almost a
viysical, aggressive act, a threatened act oence. force is a very difficult element to prove. we don't know the details of the evidence of the woman wh phas not spoklicly, but suffice it to say, if he has been charged, law enforcement officials believe he can prove he acted with force. we know with regard to lucia evans that the force alleged in that case is that he grabbed her head and forced her to submit to penetration, oral penetration. that act alone, the grabbing of her head and forcing her onto his body, that is enough to prove a forcible felony sex rajini: could we see like in the cost the case other women coming forward to testify? wendy: absolutely. the answers of the question of
ichow many of the 80 or soms 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 that would be allowed to be admitted for that kind of testimony to show that he had a pattern of a certain type of behavior would he to be similar enough to the allegations here. it couldn't just be any woman who said he sexually a her.ed e facts would have to line up pretty closely to what we see here. he does have a pretty strange pattern. for bill cosby, it was a strangr paof drugging women, knocking them unconscious, and raping them.te for harvey wei, his pattern that is strange enough to admit some of the other womeh's testimonies is tha lured them with false claims 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 testified to their stories to show that is is not a guy who was on a bad date with women who found him boorish. this is a guy who s predatory,
using his power to hunt down women he could take advantage of by offering them jobs and using his power over their careers to force them to submit to his -- rajini: very briefly, if i mayk u, how key is today in the whole me too movement?, wendy: bis is a great day in the me too movement, and a great day overall for women in this country. women are not yet tnstitutionally equal und constitution in america, and that in a large sense particates in causing high rates of sexual violence against women in this country. it is a wonderful day because the guys who get away with t womenviolence agai tend to be the powerful, wealthy, guys like harvey weinstein and bill cosby. we have a new message today in this country that they areot getting away with it anymore. jini: wendy murphy, thanks for joining us.
yesterday it was off, and now the summit between president trump and kim jong-un could be back on, but nothing for certain. mr. trump indicated the meeting could be salvaged after a itnciliatory statement from north korea, sayinemains open to talks. but for anyone following these negotiations, the whiplash of developmen is keeping everyone guessing and travel agents quite busy. thitbbc's north america jon sopel sent us this report. jon: as the north koreans set charges to their only known test site, it seems all of the summit -- all hopes of the summit went up in smoke about the same these buildings blasted to smithereens. the explosions taking place just as donald trump was pulling the plug on his planned meeting with kim jong-un, citing north korea's tremendous anger and open hostility. that in turn provoked very open hostility towards the u.s. president in south korea. ct that was a whole 24 hours
ago, and a lot cannge in that time. overnight, the north koreans issued a conciliatory statement saying "the unilateral announcement to cancel the wesummit is unexpected, an cannot but feel great regret for it. we have the intent to sit with the u.s. side to solve problems regardless at any time." that was musico 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. eyery much want to do it. we would like to do it. we are going to see what happens. jon: at the pentagon, the defense secretary, far from rattling sabers, was talking up ssibility, too. secretary mattis: possibly some good n the korea summit, where if the diplomats can pull it off and have it back on, even. jon: today kim jong-un was striking an unusuallxed pose in pictures released by the north korean news agency -- a
floppy hatwhite jacket, looking to the world as if he was quite enjoying himself. and donald trump, who loves drama, too, might enjoying it as well. but for all the atmospherics might have improved, 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? jon sopel, bbc news, washington. rajini: a brief time ago i discussed the prospect of future summits with a former u.s. ambassador to the u.n., bill richardson, who has been on multiple diplomatic missions to north korea. thanks very much for coming in. one minute the summit is off and now we are getting indications it could be back on. as someo who has extensive experience dealing with north korea, where do you see things? mr. richardson: first of all, there is a tmp roller coaster foreign policy.
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 think the summit will happen. i don't think it will be june 12. but shortly thereafter.k but i th the positive lining that both sides will now assess the reality of what the summit ooght bring. the u.s. has hadany high expectations about denuclearization. the north koreans know that they are going to have to d something substantial. maybe it is good that this pause has happened. i don't think either side was preparedespecially the united states. rajini: you talk about both sides having a different idea of what denuclearization means. how much could this continue to be a sticking point? mr. richardson: well, it is going to continue to be a sticking point. e there has tompromise.
the north koreans think denuclearization is freezing the nuclear capabilities, their missiles, curbing their use. the united states says you have to destroy all your nuclear weapons. the north koreans have as manyas 0. they are not going to destroy them. but some cpromising made the possible on denuclearization, on missiles, conventional weapons that look to south korea. certainly a summit cy ld substantiaduce tensions. that is what we want. the peninsulhas been fraught with enormous danger and national security problems. rajini: governor, the ret on why presidump wrote the letter yesterday, called it off, and now saying the conciliatory statement could put things backu onmany will wonder if that is enough to get things back on track and address underlying issues of why the president wrote the letter. mr. richards: you have to look at the politics besides the national security issue. both leaders need the summit. kim jo-un needs it. whenever i negotiated with him,
the ultimate goal is negotiation with the president of the united states. president trump, because of his domestic problems, because this could be a far-reaching agreement, the most important that he has, needs the summit too. but both are very unpredictable. 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 different circumstances with different goals, more realistic goals, which i think is good, because had they met june 12 with unrealistic objectives, the summit could have been a disaster for both countries. rajini: you are 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 credit for agreeing to meet with kim jong-un, but no, i think the
administration is speaking with too many voices. you have got john bolton, the nationalecurity adviser, saying the libya model, where qaddafi ended 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 right track, who has met with kim jong-un, state department diplomat, diplomacy. the administration needs to speak with one voice, and it ould 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. that is one thing. second thing, forgeteaomplete denuzation. the north koreans aren't going to do it. but it is worthy of the summit to discuss curbing missile use, nuclear use, conventional weapons, human rights. there are a loof good things that can happen. the situation on the peninsula couldn't be wor, so from the top to the bottom it is the best way to negotiate, because in the past, negotiatg from the
bottom to the top hasn't worked -- under bush, under clinton, under obama. maybe it will work under president trump, but he sure makes things very difficul and exciting, and unpredictable. rajini: certainly difficult and exciting. governor richardson, thanks so much for joining us. mr. richardson: thank you. thank you very much. rajini: now let's take a look a' some of t's other news. the governments of the netherlands and australia have bformally accused russia ng behind the shooting down a flight mh17 over ukraine four years ago. the kremlin says there is no evidence of russian invoement. brazil's president says that he tons to send in the army clear roads that have been blocked for five dayshile lorry drivers purchased high fuel prices. they have nearly doubled in brazil since 2016. because of the protests come many shops are running low on basic goods, andar airport said to be closed for running out of fuel. you are watching "bbc world news
america." still to come on tonight's program, a week ago he was getting ready for the royal wedding. now it is washington, n windsor, where bishop michael curry is making his voice heard. army has been marking the 100th anniversary of brains royal air force for tri ceremony in today. it is a sign of cooperation between thtwo countries when they fought alongside each other against germany in the first world war. a team of aircraft enthusiasts in the united kingdom have been buding original planes from the period. our correspondent in paris, hugh schofield, was at the site for the occasion and send this report. hugh:rk from the yoire air museum, they've been putting it back together in the french army museum, along with the french
plane. loit was one of the planes by british pilots over france in world war celebrating not just the 100 years of the raf come ofout 100 year cooperation of air warfare between the u.k. and france. the familiar insignia of the royal air force come instantly reminiscent of the french national flag. why is it like that? in the first world warththe planes o new raf had to be easily french allies. their it was in france that the r was in effect created. by 1918,rihere were 50sh squadrons here. only for planes were reconnaissance. but then some took up machine guns. took shots at the respondent, and air warfare had begun. -- flying,t alone let alone flyinin the air, was in its infancy. today there is a ceremony and
dance from the two countries have been rehearsing. forcears on, the two air work closely together despite its good. today it is supersonic jets and cruise missiles against jihadis. air warfare has come long way. hugh schofield, bbc news, paris. the pulse of just closed in ireland's abortion referendum. people have been asked if they want to keep or overturned the country's constitutional ban on abortion.t reports suggrnout has been high, with thousands of people flying home from around the world to cast their vote, as our ireland correspondent reports. reporter: an emotional day for ireland. asr some, casting one vote worth traveling many miles.
>> i have come from amsterdam and i think an is very impot. hopefully it will be a historic day in we will vote yes, and y irish women will have control over their bodies. >> hard to watch from away and not be able to do much exceptee ting 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. i believe the legislation is far 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 amendment of the country's constituon gives an equal right to life for a mother and the unborn. but leo varadkar, e country's first openly gay prime minister, has been leading the call for change.
>> i always get a little buzz from voting. it feels like it is democracy in action. not taking anything for grantedc rse, but quietly confident that it has been good to turnout so far. reporter: polling stcoions have a ing high turnout all day, a reflection of the strength of feeling on this issue in ireland and the results of the vociferous campaign ine every part of untry. how big day is this for ireland? >> a massive dayor young generations. reporter: this referendum is the culmination of an intense debate over one of ireland's most emotive issues. its result will be a measure of the country's social and political change. rajini: this time lastk w were preparing for the royal wedding, and back then if you -- few knew of bishop michael
atcurry. difference a sermon can make. he became one of the stars of the ceremony, and since then he has been riding a media high.t last night he s message of social justice here to washington, d.c., and i got to meet him. he is the man of the moment after last wee but now bishop curry is back on american soil. 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 democrat neighbor, your republican neighbor, your black neighbor, your white neighbor,your anglo your latino, your lgbtq neighbor. love your neighbor! that's why we're here, that's why we're here. rajini: what was it like to seer bishop up close? >> it was really surreal and itk made it feelthe church is global. even though he was preaching to royals a week ago, he is now in
the american capital preaching to us. >> such an honor to be feet away from a man who gave such a great message about love. >> aft hearing what he had to say at the royal wedding, it was a message for the entire world, not just f the couple, and it was reiterated here in the land that thinks it ithe most powerful what happens to be the most confused. ♪ rev. curry: we have in many respects overcome segregation in some contexts, but we haveed segregurselves now not just along lines of race, but along lines of politics. we are inviting people who are left and right-wing to come together and actually get to know each other. rajini: bishop curry is one of a admber of faith leaders leg a candlight procession to the white house to take the message there. your missi statement is fairly strong. you talk about america first
policies as heresy. is that a diretr dig at donald p? rev. curry: no, it is not. it is a statement, a reminder especially to christian people, that only god is fir. i love my country. we love our country. y aswe don't see our coun tter than any other country. rajini: do you love your president? rev. curry: i love my president and i pray for him, just as mucs ,love the people, the pooran immi, and others for whom i advocate. h ♪ i'm going to let it shine ♪ rajini: you havee profile after last week. would you consider runor 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 snsored by wshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: whcte house legislative dire marc short discusses what's next for the trump agenda. then, the hard rd to peace. colombia's rebel group transitions into a political party, but leaves a dangerous vacuum of control over the cocainindustry. and, it's friday. mark shields and david brooks are here. we talk about the president's decision to cancel the summit with north korea, and more. then, brothers in film. how a quirky filmmaking duo have cultivated their own way through hollywood. >> we watched audiences, like, gasp, and laugh their butts off, and we looked at each other and were like, i gue this is what we uniquely have to offer