Harvey Weinstein charged with rape following NY arrest

Harvey Weinstein at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes after party in Beverly Hills California. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday morning to face criminal charges in a months-long investig

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

According to the New York Times, the criminal sex charge stems from a complaint filed by Lucia Evans, an aspiring actress, who said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him at his office in 2004.

His face pulled in a strained smile and his hands locked behind his back, the once powerful Hollywood figure emerged from a NY police station Friday charged with first- and third-degree rape, and with a criminal sex act, a searing reckoning for the man who became a symbol of a worldwide outcry over sexual misconduct.

Harvey Weinstein arriving at a police precinct in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood in Manhattan on Friday.

Weinstein pleaded not guilty and paid $1 million dollars on bail.

Weinstein, who denies the allegations, turns himself in to NY police after months of sexual abuse allegations from scores of women that toppled him from Hollywood's most powerful ranks. "I thank the fearless survivors who have come forward, and my Office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation", said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.in a statement. "The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office".

Weinstein earlier turned himself in at a lower Manhattan police station around 7:25 a.m. EDT (1125 GMT).

Weinstein's arraignment came two days after Palmer dropped a new single, "Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now", a searing critique of the once-powerful producer who's faced a wave a sexual harassment and assault allegations from dozens of women.

However, they will know Mr Weinstein isn't going down without a fight. Since Weinstein was sacked from his now-bankrupt company in October, dozens of high-profile men in the entertainment and news media industries, among other sectors, have been fired or forced to resign following allegations of misconduct.

Actress Rose Mc Gowan speaks at the inaugural Women's Convention in Detroit
Actress Rose Mc Gowan speaks at the inaugural Women's Convention in Detroit

Harvey and his brother Bob Weinstein started his now-bankrupt company after leaving Miramax, the company they founded in 1979 and which became a powerhouse in '90s indie film with hits like "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love". "Today was a great day for all of us", she said, referring to what she called a sisterhood of accusers. He was the cult leader of Hollywood, I would say.

"It's a very significant moment, it's a concrete slap in the face of abuse of power", she said. And in many cases, too much "celebrity justice", an "X" factor that has seen famous men acquitted in the past on charges that have included rape and murder. Weinstein shook his head and softly said, "No".

Asia Argento, one of the first actresses to come forward and accuse the producer of rape in an explosive New Yorker feature penned by Ronan Farrow last fall, tweeted, "What took you so long, Harvey?"

NY police previously confirmed another credible rape allegation after "Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta accused the former producer of raping her twice at her NY apartment in late 2010. An investigative grand jury, still convened, will look into other sexual assault allegations against Mr. Weinstein as well as possible financial crimes relating to how he paid women to stay silent, people familiar with the proceedings said.

New York City police have also been investigating reports from actor Paz de la Huerta of similar abuse.

But Belloni said it was "notoriously difficult" to get a conviction in sexual assault cases, and it may depend on how many women will be allowed to tell their story in court.

Weinstein, 66, has consistently denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex.

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