Harvey Weinstein Surrenders Over Sex Assault Charges

Film producer Harvey Weinstein stands with his lawyer Benjamin Brafman left inside Manhattan Criminal Court during his arraignment in Manhattan in New York

The defendant used his position, money and power into positions where he was able to violate them sexually.

Kazan, who died in 2003, was also an unabashed womanizer, and was posthumously accused of sexual misconduct.

The victim in the rape case has not been publicly identified.

NY officials have said they may add to the charges against Weinstein, including charges based on accusations from at least one as yet unidentified woman.

Therefore prosecutors were able to bring a case based on accusations leveled by actor Lucia Evans, who spoke to the New Yorker past year, that Weinstein had forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004.

"Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell", the Italian actress wrote on Twitter Friday.

Weinstein has consistently denied all charges of wrongdoing against him, claiming that these sexual incidents were all consensual. "We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges", Brafman said. We believe that they are constitutionally flawed. Creative Artists Agency, a major talent firm, has since said in a statement, "We apologize to any person the agency let down".

"Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood", the attorney said.

A judge agreed to release Weinstein on $1 million bail, with constant electronic monitoring and a ban on travelling beyond NY and CT.

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

The disgraced Hollywood producer emerged from the back of his black SUV and ignored the questions shouted by reporters.

Weinstein arrived early in the morning at the New York Police Department's 1st Precinct in Lower Manhattan, ushered into the station by law enforcement officers as members of the media crowded behind metal barriers. Later, in a courthouse booking area, he complained he felt faint and his handcuffs were too tight.

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"A year ago, no one would have dreamed he would be taken down by a group of fed up women who were screaming the truth, but never listened to", Sivan said, speaking with Variety the same day as Weinstein's arrest. His travel will be restricted to NY and CT.

Harvey Weinstein has been accused by more than 70 women of sexual misconduct.

Former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has been charged in NY with rape and several counts of sexual abuse stemming from two separate accusers.

A couple weeks later, Weinstein was banned for life from the Producers Guild of America on October 30.

Miramax, the company he founded with his brother, Bob, in 1979 helped reinvent independent cinema with hits like "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love".

But there were rumours in Hollywood for years about Weinstein's pursuit of young actresses.

Revelations in The New York Times and The New Yorker in the fall spurred official inquiries in New York, Los Angeles and London.

Police set up a sting in which the woman recorded herself confronting Weinstein. "Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, thanking "brave survivors" for coming forward and urging others to call a sex crimes hotline.

When she got there, Weinstein appeared; Evans recalled the assault, "I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't.' I tried to get away, but maybe I didn't try hard enough".

Authorities in California and London also are investigating assault allegations. They include TV hosts Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, comedian Louis C.K, Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken, chef Mario Batali, casino magnate Steve Wynn and, most recently, Democratic New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

While living in Arizona, out of the spotlight weeks after the scandal broke, Weinstein was slapped in the face by a patron during dinner.

After getting a standing ovation from Kelly's studio crowd, McGowan, who was one of Weinstein's earliest, best known accusers, described her morning as "surreal" adding, "It's real".

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