In tonight’s Dispatch: Harvey Weinstein hands himself in, victory at the Women’s Sport Trust awards, and Ireland votes on abortion.
Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police over rape and assault charges
Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein appeared in court in New York today after being charged with rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct.
Weinstein was ordered to surrender himself to police today. During a short court appearance, his lawyers agreed to a pre-arranged bail package worth $1million (£750,000). He was required to surrender his passport and agree not to travel outside of New York and Connecticut, and must also wear a monitoring device.
“The defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually,” a prosecutor told the judge.
Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Branfman, said that his client intends to plead not guilty.
Read more on this story at The Guardian.
Cricketers and boxers triumph at Women’s Sport Trust awards
The England women’s cricket team won the award for best Sporting Role Model Team at last night’s Women’s Sport Trust awards ceremony.
The team previously beat India to win the women’s cricket World Cup in July 2017. Other winners at the trust’s #BeAGameChanger awards included professional boxer Stacey Copeland, who won the Individual Sporting Role Model award.
“It just feels amazing,” Copeland told Sky Sports News.
“I actually feel quite emotional. One because I was completely shocked and I didn’t expect to win it, but also because starting out as a young girl in boxing it wasn’t even legal for me to compete, and the comments that were made, how I got called names at school.”
Read more on this story here.
Ireland goes to the polls to vote on whether to #RepealThe8th
People in Ireland have been voting all day on whether to repeal the country’s eighth amendment, which makes abortion illegal in almost all circumstances.
More than 6,500 polling stations are open across Ireland, with 3.3m citizens registered to vote. Polls opened at 7am, and turnout currently looks as though it will surpass that of previous referendums. A ‘teatime rush’ is expected to see many more cast their votes in the late afternoon and early evening.
The count will begin on Saturday morning, but the results of an exit poll conducted by Ipsos/MRBI is expected to be published late on Friday night. Some 4,000 respondents at 160 polling stations in every constituency will be interviewed for the exit poll, which is estimated to have a margin of error of +/-1.5%.
Follow the Irish Times referendum live blog here.
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