Harvey Weinstein turns himself in, arraigned on rape, criminal charges

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Weinstein was sacked from the company he co-founded and expelled from the organization that bestows the Academy Awards last fall after The New York Times and The New Yorker published articles about his treatment of women, including multiple allegations that he groped actresses, exposed himself to them or forced them into unwanted sex.

Former actress Lucia Evans confirms she's pressing charges against Harvey Weinstein, who officials say will surrender to authorities on Friday to face criminal charges involving sexual assault allegations.

Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer and his lawyer Benjamin Brafman both declined to comment to Reuters on Thursday on the imminent charges. These reports sparked the #MeToo movement, in which hundreds of women have since come forward and accused men in power, of sexual assault and harassment. He has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

The charges followed a months-long investigation that involved the Manhattan district attorney's office.

The Manhattan district attorney´s office and police have been investigating Weinstein for months, coming under growing pressure from the Time´s Up movement and Hollywood actresses to bring the disgraced producer to justice.

McGowan said she was "in shock" at the news that Weinstein would face charges.

It was reported earlier this week that federal prosecutors in NY had launched an inquiry into the allegations, which is separate from the investigation now under way by the Manhattan District Attorney, the film producer's lawyer said in a court filing.

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Harvey Weinstein arrives at the first precinct while turning himself to authorities following allegations of sexual misconduct, Friday, May 25, 2018, in NY.

Harvey Weinstein at Cannes in France, May 25, 2017.

On Friday, Weinstein handed off the books at the police station, where he was booked quickly.

Donald Trump's victory in 2016 hardened the resolve of many women who, when confronted with the Weinstein case in October, saw a rare chance that a serial predator with vast prestige and clout might be held accountable.

There is no statute of limitations for such crimes in NY.

"We are one step closer to justice", McGowan was quoted as saying by Variety.

The 66-year-old former studio boss walked into the downtown Manhattan police station shortly before 7:30 am (1130 GMT) wearing a pale button-down shirt, a blue sweater and a dark blazer before a mob of television cameras.

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

The allegations of sexual misconduct by more than 80 women against Weinstein spanned decades.

"I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, ' " she told the magazine.

Evans tells The New Yorker that she's pressing charges.

In February 2018, The Weinstein Company, which was co-founded by Weinstein filed for bankruptcy following a last-ditch deal failed. He agreed to electronic monitoring and to stay within NY and CT.

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

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