Harvey Weinstein charged with rape, other sex crimes in NYC

Harvey Weinstein turns himself in to police

Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police, faces rape charges

The criminal sex act charge is believed to stem from the 2004 incident involving Lucia Evans, who claims Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a casting call.

In a statement published by the Hollywood Reporter, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said that Friday's charges, "reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", adding, "I thank the fearless survivors who have come forward, and my office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation".

Months after the first allegations of sexual assault and abuse broke against him, disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein turned himself in at the First Police Precinct station, in Tribeca, on Friday morning.

The New York charges filed against Weinstein mark the second high-profile prosecution of a once-powerful show business personality in the #MeToo era.

The former Hollywood producer walked into a NY police precinct office through a gauntlet of reporters and photographers, carrying what appeared to be books.

Brafman could soon be seen carrying Weinstein's passport, which he would later hand over to Illuzzi in court.

McGowan accused Weinstein of rape, one of dozens of Hollywood women to accuse the producer of sexual misconduct. Bail was set at $1 million cash with a $10 million bond alternative.

Weinstein has repeatedly denied accusations of non-consensual sex.

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The statute of limitations for rape and certain other sex crimes in NY was eliminated in 2006, but not for attacks that happened prior to 2001.

It was women sharing their experiences with Weinstein that made way for more victims to come forward with allegations against powerful men in the entertainment industry and beyond, revealing systems that seemed to, for years, insulate those men from any repercussions and silence their victims. His accusers welcomed the news as a sign that the tables were finally turning - not only on him but on other accused predators.

"I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein's survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law", McGowan said through a representative.

'Twenty years ago, I swore that I would right this wrong.

Evans was among the first women to speak out about the producer.

"We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity".

"It shows people worldwide, which is what I was hoping the whole time, that this can not and will not stand", she said. "May this give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere that are telling their truths".

More than 75 women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing, and authorities in California and London are also investigating assault allegations. Weinstein has consistently denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex.

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Police have, however, previously confirmed an active Weinstein investigation regarding Evans, who was an aspiring actress at the time.

Weinstein, 66, was charged with rape, criminal sex act, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct for cases involving two women.

After the allegations surfaced against Weinstein his career was swiftly ended and a slew of stars said they would never work with him again.

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, cuffed with his hands behind his back, is led by police officers in NY on Friday after being charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct.

Host Seth Meyers tells the audience: "Harvey Weinstein isn't here tonight because I've heard rumours he's insane and hard to work with - but don't worry, he will be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person booed during the In Memoriam". He was sacked from the company that bears his name just days after the allegations first surfaced in the media.

Mr. Weinstein reigned as one of Hollywood's top producers, known as much for his bullying and aggression as for his cinematic success.

On Thursday, CNN reported that several women have accused actor Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior and harassment.

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"This moves from the court of public opinion into an actual courtroom", Burke said.

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