Harvey Weinstein charged with rape by NY police

Harvey Weinstein charged with rape by NY police

Harvey Weinstein turned himself in for arrest in NY on Friday on charges of rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct in cases involving two women.

He was processed at the station house, the First Police Precinct, and arraigned in a a NY court on charges of first-degree rape and third-degree rape in one case, and first-degree criminal sex act in another, law enforcement officials said. Some allegations date back decades.

A police official previously said Weinstein will be charged with committing a criminal sex act after an aspiring actress alleged he forced her to perform oral sex in 2004.

As Harvey Weinstein stood in court listening to prosecutors outline the charges against him Friday, the formerly powerful film producer mostly stood with his mouth open and his eyes low.

His next court appearance is July 30, when he'll likely learn if he's been indicted.

"Mr. Weinstein will enter a plea of not guilty", Brafman told reporters, adding that his client "has always maintained that any sexual activity he engaged in was consensual".

"We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges", Mr Brafman said. Weinstein's lawyer says he believes the movie mogul will ultimately be exonerated.

A statement from the New York Police Department confirmed the charges and thanked "these courageous survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".

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Rose McGowan appeared on Megyn Kelly TODAY on Friday morning to discuss Harvey Weinstein's arrest for rape and other charges. Weinstein is also under investigation for similar charges in London and Los Angeles. Prosecutors have also reportedly spoken with actress Paz de la Huerta, who claimed in an interview with Vanity Fair that Weinstein raped her twice in 2010.

"At a certain point, you have to think about the greater good of humanity, of womankind", she said.

"Among others weighing in: "Mighty Aphrodite star Mira Sorvino, who tweeted "#Justice" next to a news report about Weinstein. "Twenty years ago, I swore that I would right this wrong", McGowan said.

In March, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took the extraordinary step of ordering the State's attorney general to investigate whether Mr. Vance acted properly in 2015 when he decided not to prosecute Weinstein over a previous allegation of unwanted groping, made by an Italian model. "What everyone said would never happen, happened - and it took a group of fierce, fearless women to take him down".

"The NYPD thanks these courageous survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice", police said in a statement.

Weinstein pleaded not guilty and paid $1 million dollars on bail. The second woman is unidentified.

Allegations against Weinstein were presented to D.A. Vance's office previously in 2015, when model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez told police that the producer had allegedly groped her.

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