Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police, faces rape charges

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Another aspiring actress, Mimi Haleyi, said Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in his NY apartment in 2006.

Attorney Carrie Goldberg, who represents Lucia Evans, the woman whose 2004 allegation resulted in some of the charges against Weinstein, told the AP, "This is an emotional moment". "This is one step in the right direction, there is still a long road ahead, but for every person who has been abused, for those of us who have spoken either publicly or privately to bring these abusers down, this is a victory".

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

Following Weinstein's arraignment, Brafman told reporters that Weinstein has been under investigation for the past seven months, and that the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY has its own investigation underway.

Weinstein's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said to reporters on Friday that he plans to plead not guilty - and his legal team will fight to dismiss the charges. And Brafman says he doesn't think a jury would believe Weinstein's accusers - if potential jurors are "not consumed by the movement that seems to have consumed this case".

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.

Ronan Farrow, who wrote the New Yorker's report on Weinstein, told CNN Friday that numerous producer's accusers believed they'd never see justice. He will wear an electronic monitoring device at all times, and face other travel restrictions.

"We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you", actor Rose McGowan tweeted on Friday, as Weinstein sat in court.

The film mogul posted $1 million cash bail and was released pending his next court appearance.

The police passed the case to prosecutors. Evans said that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him at the meeting.

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The public allegations against Weinstein helped prompt a broad public reckoning about sexual misconduct.

The movie mogul turned himself in at a police precinct earlier Friday.

"This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually", prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said at Weinstein's arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court.

As he turned himself in, Weinstein, 66, found himself surrounded by lights and cameras in a spectacle he couldn't control.

Weinstein arrived to the NYPD's 1st Precinct Friday morning flanked by marshals and was then taken to court in handcuffs where he was scheduled to be arraigned. "I have a feeling there will be more charges against him".

"In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes", she said.

The rape charges allege that on March 18, 2013, at 569 Lexington Ave., now a hotel, Weinstein kept a woman "against her will" in a room and "engaged in sexual intercourse.by forcible compulsion" and "at the time of the incident informant had clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act". A simple "we got you", she told Kelly. Now, could he still use means to say, settle out charges privately with women to evade further accountability.

The official wasn't authorized to discuss the case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Following scores of sexual harassment complaints alleged against the producer, Weinstein has been undergoing sex-rehab treatment in Arizona and, according to Vanity Fair, additional therapy for "anger management, nutrition, and several addiction-related behaviors".

Weinstein, wearing a dark jacket over a blue sweater and white open-collared shirt and dark jeans, gave a weak smile as police officers escorted him inside a lower Manhattan police station at about 7:25am EDT (1125 GMT). He lumbered into the precinct carrying books.

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