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Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police, faces rape charges

Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police, faces rape charges

More than 100 women have since accused the 66-year-old of crimes ranging from sexual harassment to assault and rape going back 40 years.

Once inside, Weinstein was charged with one count each of first- and third-degree rape, as well as first-degree criminal sex act.

Weinstein surrendered to police after the Manhattan District Attorney's office and NYPD's months-long investigation into allegations of sexual abuse.

The actress and Kelly said they believe that vocal women like McGowan "shamed Cy Vance", the Manhattan district attorney, into bringing the charges against Weinstein after Vance was accused of dragging his feet and not pursuing previous allegations.

He is expected to be taken to Manhattan Criminal Court later later on Friday to be arraigned on charges, U.S. media reports. There, a judge set bail at $1 million cash or $10 million bond and assigned Weinstein to wear a monitoring device that he must pay for himself.

The alleged victim in the rape case has not been publicly identified, the source said. "I thank the fearless survivors who have come forward, and my Office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation".

'I had an eating problem for years.

Something Wonderful was published last month to some acclaim, and it is easy to imagine Weinstein might see something of himself in the story of successful showmen impresarios credited with changing the cultural landscape.

Weinstein appeared to be smiling as he entered and left the police precinct. Weinstein was dismissed from his own company, and the authorities of NY launched the investigation.

According to the New York Times, Harvey faced accusations after the cases were lodged that further led to a movement called #MeToo, after several women accused him of the same. Several actresses and models accused him of criminal sexual assaults, but numerous encounters happened too long ago for any prosecution.

The news that Weinstein was planning to surrender to NY authorities broke earlier this week.

"It was always my fault for not stopping him", she said.

In November previous year, NY police said they were investigating allegations of rape made by actress Paz de la Huerta against Weinstein. "May this give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere that are telling their truths", she said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

In a declaration filed on May 3 in the Weinstein Co's bankruptcy proceedings, lawyer Benjamin Brafman said Weinstein was a "principal target" of an investigation being carried out by the USA attorney's office in Manhattan.

Two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press the case includes a woman who has said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a meeting at his office in 2004. Rape in the first degree is a Class B felony, carrying a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Rosanna Arquette join the list of women accusing Weinstein of harassment.

Judge Kevin McGrath released Weinstein on $1m bail, with constant electronic monitoring and a ban on traveling beyond NY and the neighbouring state of CT. 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.

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