Weinstein charged with rape, sex abuse

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein expected to surrender to New York police over sexual assault allegations. Time and venue TBC

Lawyers did not identify the woman involved in the rape charge.

Weinstein had arrived at New York Police Department's 1st Precinct on Friday morning wearing a black suit, white shirt and blue jumper before being charged.

On Thursday, the Times reported that the criminal sex act charge Weinstein is now facing is in connection with his alleged assault of Lucia Evans, who told the New Yorker that she met Weinstein for what she thought was a casting meeting at a Miramax office in Manhattan.

The Charmed actress sparked thousands of women to share their own stories of sexual harassment and abuse after the first allegations against the producer emerged.

Weinstein pleaded not guilty to the charges.

McGowan further said she doesn't "ever want to see him again" and that she doesn't want to forgive him.

The accused serial sexual predator was cuffed from behind and showed no emotion during the proceeding in Manhattan Criminal Court, which was packed with media. Weinstein raised his eyebrows as he heard it.

Weinstein surrendered his passport and paid the $1 million cash bail, Brafman said.

Police in Los Angeles and London have also been investigating reports filed against Weinstein by multiple women.

Brafman says the #MeToo movement may make it hard to find an impartial jury.

"My job is not to defend behaviour", he said. To the extent that there's bad behaviour in that industry, that is not what this is about.

His defense attorney Benjamin Brafman told reporters that Weinstein would enter a not guilty plea.

"Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in a non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone", he wrote. "Mr. Weinstein voluntarily surrendered after conditions of bail were negotiated". Brafman says Weinstein vehemently denies the charges and will fight to get them dismissed.

They also told The Associated Press Friday that they believe their client will ultimately be exonerated.

Rose McGowan, who accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her back in 1997, was on ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday to discuss the 66-year-old Weinstein's arrest. Asked "What can you say?" he mildly shook his head and softly said "No". Vance has been under enormous public pressure to bring criminal charges against the once-powerful producer, after it was revealed that he declined to press charges after Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez participated in a sting operation that obtained an incriminating recording. Some women's groups, including Hollywood activist group Time's Up, accused the Democrat of being too deferential to Weinstein and too dismissive of his accusers. "The charges here today are the result of months of investigations".

The NYPD released a statement, saying, "The NYPD thanks these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".

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