Cuffed Weinstein taken to New York courthouse on rape charge

Harvey Weinstein at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes after party in Beverly Hills California. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday morning to face criminal charges in a months-long investig

The former film producer wore a dark suit and was surrounded by attorneys when he arrived at the police station Friday morning before a crowd of onlookers.

This is an ongoing story with more reactions coming in this morning.

Some of Hollywood's biggest names have admitted they knew about Weinstein's misconduct. The disgruntled movie producer entered into a non-guilty plea and is due back in court in July.

NY authorities have been investigating the disgraced producer for months, under growing pressure from Hollywood actresses to bring him to justice, and their probes are ongoing.

"This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he could violate them sexually", she said.

Other accusers expressed relief, including actress Mira Sorvino who said she is overwhelmed with emotions. "Imagine how exhausted we are of it, and by we, I mean most of the world who has been assaulted or attacked".

Mr Weinstein has denied committing any non-consensual sex acts. - Weinstein attorney Benjamin Brafman, to reporters outside the courthouse. We believe that they are constitutionally flawed.

In January, more than 300 actresses, writers and directors launched the Time's Up project, raising $21m in just a month to fund legal assistance for people who suffer harassment, abuse or assault at work.

Witnesses say Mr Weinstein appeared pale and stared into space while prosecutors outlined the bail agreement.

A lawyer representing Evans called his arraignment on criminal charges "an emotional moment". Weinstein may have wanted to have sex, but didn't assume from the get-go he would have to rape the woman. It is long overdue for him to be required to face the bar of justice, but that day has finally come.

"If five other women have come forward, that's going to weigh heavily on the jury", she said, though Brafman would likely argue that such testimony would be prejudicial.

Louise Godbold was one of dozens of actresses, models and ex-employees who went public previous year with bombshell allegations of sexual assault and harassment. "Because one win is a win for all of us".

Actress Rose Mc Gowan speaks at the inaugural Women's Convention in Detroit
Actress Rose Mc Gowan speaks at the inaugural Women's Convention in Detroit

You can check out the reactions from McGowan, Argento, and Bourdain below.

The actress Rose McGowan, who accused Mr Weinstein of rape, told the BBC it had been an "amazing day for his survivors". "Today we are one step closer to justice".

"The NYPD thanks these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice", the police department said. He consented to electric monitoring and is banned from traveling outside of NY or CT.

Allegations from dozens of women against the once-powerhouse producer catalyzed what became known as the #MeToo movement, a national reckoning about sexual misconduct.

This is the first time Weinstein has been slapped with charges since the controversial accusations first surfaced last October. 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.

He didn't say a word, according to Page Six.

Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender Friday morning to authorities in NY on sex assault charges. Among the accusations are allegations of rape.

Evans' allegations added to those of dozens of other women, who claimed that Weinstein had engaged in a vast range of sexual misconduct dating back almost four decades, ranging from inappropriate touching to incidents of rape.

Federal prosecutors in New York City are also investigating sex crimes involving Weinstein, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Almost 100 women have now accused Weinstein of crimes ranging from sexual harassment to assault and rape going back decades.

The twice-married father of five has been investigated by British and United States police, but has not yet been charged with any crime. He has denied ever having nonconsensual sex.

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