Harvey Weinstein Will Turn Himself In To Police On Criminal Charges

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"This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually", Manhattan Assistant Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said in court.

The founder of the Miramax movie studios was released on bail of eight hundred and fifty thousand euros. Leaders of Time's Up, #MeToo and other women's rights movements, including some of the women who say Weinstein raped them, are beginning to react.

McGowan, who was among the first to come out and accuse Weinstein of misconduct, appeared on Megyn Kelly Today, where she described seeing the predator in handcuffs for first time.

His attorney, Benjamin Braffman, told press outside the court house his client would plead "not guilty", adding: "We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges. We believe that they are not factually supported by the evidence", Brafman said.

As women opened up about Weinstein's history of sexually abusing and assaulting them, women from across the world come forward with their own accounts of being sexually harassed and assaulted by powerful men, triggering the global #MeToo movement.

Weinstein's career went down in flames in 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.

Law enforcement officials did not immediately identify the two women who Weinstein is charged with attacking.

Judge Kevin McGrath released Weinstein on $1m bail, with constant electronic monitoring and a ban on traveling beyond NY and the neighbouring state of CT.

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A source familiar with the investigation told CNN the criminal sex act charge was from a case involving aspiring actress Lucia Evans, who alleges Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Tribeca office in 2004.

The mogul was one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, NPR's Ted Robbins reported at the time. She was among the first women to speak out about the 66-year-old film producer. 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. "I tried to get away, but maybe I didn't try hard enough".

"BOOM", tweeted Italian actress Asia Argento, who has accused Weinstein of raping her at the Cannes film festival in 1997 when she was 21. "And I'll get to be an eye and so many other victims will get to look him square in the eye and just by being there, represent the fact that we did not want this".

The Hollywood producer stands accused by more than 70 women of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some of the accusations going back decades.

Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to the NY police on Friday. "None of this was consensual", she said. A court complaint says Weinstein raped her in a Manhattan hotel in 2013.

Authorities opened investigation into Weinstein's conduct.

London's Metropolitan Police have said they are also investigating an allegation of sexual assault against Weinstein, while prosecutors in Los Angeles said in February they were reviewing three accusations of sexual assault against him.

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