Harvey Weinstein charged with rape in NYC

Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself in to Police to Face Sex Crime Charge in NYC

Weinstein will be charged over an allegation by at least one accuser, Lucia Evans, a former aspiring actress.

After turning himself in, Weinstein was arraigned on charges of first-degree rape and third-degree rape and a first-degree criminal sex act.

Weinstein arrived at a NY police precinct holding Richard Schickel's biography of the late stage and film director Elia Kazan and Todd Purdum's Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution.

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape and a sex crime in NY on Friday, in what was hailed a landmark for the #MeToo movement, almost eight months after his career imploded in a blaze of accusations of misconduct.

The New York police said in its statement: "The NYPD thanks these courageous survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".

ET can confirm that the 66-year-old former movie mogul turned himself in to police in New York City just before 7:30 a.m. ET. Weinstein had consistently denied all charged levelled against him in the past, even after he was sacked from the Weinstein Company and expelled by the Academy previous year.

Shortly before a grim-faced Weinstein appeared before the judge to face charges against two women, in a momentous day for the more than 70 who have accused him.

Weinstein was arrested and charged with rape and sexual assault stemming from cases involving two accusers whose crimes were within the statute of limitations. The New York Times reported that part of his bail required him to wear a monitoring device. But Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. decided not to bring charges, citing a lack of evidence.

No charges have been filed against Weinstein in Los Angeles as of Friday.

Weinstein was arrested ahead of Memorial Day weekend in the US, meaning he'll have the benefit of receiving considerably less media coverage than he would otherwise, to which McGowan said, "It's on a Friday of a holiday weekend, so, slow media, right?"

We really do hope Weinstein stays behind bars for a long, long time.

Weinstein's career went down in flames last October over sexual abuse allegations following bombshell articles in The New York Times and New Yorker magazine, which sparked a sexual harassment watershed across the United States.

"This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he could violate them sexually", she said.

"I actually did not believe this day would come", she said on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" program. - Ronan Farrow, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Weinstein coverage in The New Yorker, on CNN.

Weinstein's attorney, Ben Brafman, released a statement to ET following the arraignment, which reads: "Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone".

Meanwhile, separate investigations on sex crimes Weinstein was accused of committing in London and Los Angeles are now being conducted.

London's Metropolitan Police confirmed in February 2018 that it was investigating Weinstein after 10 women came forward with sexual assault allegations, according to the Associated Press.

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