Harvey Weinstein charged with rape, sex crimes involving two women

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Early Friday, Harvey Weinstein turned himself into police in NY and was arrested and charged on criminal sex charges, seven months after over 100 women in Hollywood came forward accusing the disgraced producer of sexual misconduct.

Film producer Harvey Weinstein has surrendered to police in New York City on charges of rape and sex abuse.

Weinstein walked in to the station carrying two books: Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum, and an autobiography of Elia Kazan.

While actress Annabella Sciorra, who accused Weinstein of rape, tweeted ahead of the arrest, following reports he was expected to turn himself in.

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.

"Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", said District Attorney Cyrus Vance, thanking "brave survivors" for coming forward and urging others to call a sex crimes hotline.

The charges came following 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).

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Once one of the most powerful men in the film industry, Weinstein had always been rumored to have engaged in sexual misconduct - but it was not until reports in The New York Times and The New Yorker surfaced decades' worth of sexual assault and harassment allegations that the producer experienced his precipitate fall from grace last autumn. Nothing about today's proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein's position. This is a huge blow to the #MeToo movement: it means employers have the right to bar employees from bringing sexual harassment or even assault claims in civil court, and that a group of employees who were, say, harassed by the same manager, can not band together and bring a case.

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

On Megyn Kelly Today, when asked what she would like to say to Weinstein if he might be listening, McGowan said, "We got you". Director Quentin Tarantino has said, "I knew enough to do more than I did", and that "Everyone who was close to Harvey had heard of at least one of those incidents". "It's a very good feeling..." Argento and McGowan accused Harvey Weinstein of rape a year ago and have been at the forefront of the crusade for justice against him. He later invited her to the Miramax office in Tribeca for a meeting, where she said Weinstein pulled her head down and forced her to perform oral sex.

Weinstein's career went down in flames last October over sexual assault allegations following bombshell articles in The New York Times and New Yorker, which sparked a sexual harassment watershed across the United States. "We believe that they are not factually supported by the evidence". That's the most frightful part of it, and that's why he's been able to do this for so long to so many women: "people give up, and then they feel like it's their fault".

Weinstein has said repeatedly through his lawyers that he did not have nonconsensual sex with anyone. The news came seven months after he was first accused of sexual harassment and assault in back-to-back exposés published by The New York Times and The New Yorker.

More than 75 women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing, and authorities in California and London are also investigating assault allegations.

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.

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