Weinstein expected to 'surrender' to NY authorities Friday

Harvey Weinstein at the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi UAE

Dozens of women have accused the co-founder of the Miramax studio and The Weinstein Co. with sexual misconduct including rape, prompting investigations in New York, Los Angeles and the United Kingdom.

The official says the film producer will be charged with committing a criminal sex act in a 2004 encounter with an aspiring actress who told a magazine he forced her to perform oral sex. Prosecutors in the office of the Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance conducted dozens of interviews in NY and elsewhere and issued hundreds of subpoenas, and their inquiry is not over. Weinstein, 66, has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

The New York Post said he would surrender to police for fingerprinting and then be taken to a Manhattan court. Assistant D.A. and Special Counsel Joan Illuzzi stated in substance at the arraignment that Weinstein would be fitted with a monitoring device, which enables him to be tracked 24/7; if he wishes to travel beyond NY or CT, he must seek prior approval from the People and the Court; and he surrendered his passport, and may not apply for a new or replacement passport. The rape charge stems from an allegation by a woman who has not been publicly identified.

Women in Hollywood applauded on Thursday after Harvey Weinstein agreed to turn himself into authorities in NY after a months-long investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. We stand with the courageous women who came forward against Harvey Weinstein.

The Times reveals that Weinstein reached non-disclosure agreements in exchange for money with at least eight women, in order to guarantee their silence.

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

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

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Weinstein had been a powerful force in the entertainment world until last year's series of investigative stories from the Times and the New Yorker that detailed accusations of sexual misconduct made by several women.

Brafman's past clients include former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who ultimately escaped criminal prosecution for alleged sexual assault in 2011.

Harvey Weinstein, seen earlier Friday morning, walks into the Manhattan police station flanked by law enforcement and surrounded by members of the media.

Evans, 36, revealed that she was in fact pressing charges against Weinstein, whom she says forced her to perform oral sex in 2004, in an interview Thursday evening.

The statute of limitations for rape in NY was eliminated in 2006, but not for attacks that happened prior to 2001. Film actress Rose McGowan said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah, "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992 and Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008. 'May this give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere'.

"Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", said District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Rosanna Arquette join the list of women accusing Weinstein of harassment. She is not one of the victims in the case on Friday; hers was still pending, officials said.

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