Harvey Weinstein surrendered himself to authorities in New York City Friday morning, walking into the First Precinct police station in Tribeca to turn himself in after dozens of women in Hollywood and beyond accused him of sexual assault or harassment.
NY police have previously confirmed an active Weinstein investigation regarding Evans, who was an aspiring actress at the time, and a credible rape allegation after "Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta accused the former producer of raping her twice at her NY apartment in late 2010.
The powerhouse attorney notably defended pop icon Michael Jackson and former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn against sex charges, as well as the rapper and producer Sean "P. Diddy" Combs against weapons violations and bribery charges.
Harvey Weinstein surrenders to authorities on May 25, 2018, in NY. Facing a jail bond of $10 million, he reportedly paid $1 million in the form of a cashier's check to post bail.
Almost 100 women have now accused Weinstein of crimes ranging from sexual harassment to assault and rape going back decades.
In a statement, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance called the women who pressed charges "brave" and referred to the investigation into Weinstein's behavior "ongoing".
NY police previously confirmed another credible rape allegation after "Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta accused the former producer of raping her twice at her NY apartment in late 2010. He must wear an ankle bracelet and can only travel within the NY or CT.
Weinstein, infamous face of the #MeToo movement, now faces the public
She also tweeted, "We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you". Brafman also has said that Weinstein was a "principal target" of an investigation being conducted by the US attorney's office in Manhattan.
The other case involves allegations by Lucia Evans, a former aspiring actress who told the New Yorker that Weinstein forced her to give him oral sex in 2004, the Times reported.
Just last week, actress Asia Aregento spoke about what she says was her experience with Weinstein at the Cannes Film Festival. He has consistently denied any nonconsensual sexual relations and continued to do so Friday. Weinstein's attorney Benjamin Brafman stated in a news conference that they, "intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges".
"We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you".
"Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood, and to the extent that there is bad behaviour in that industry, that is not what this is about".
One of Weinstein's most vocal accusers, the actor Rose McGowan, told the Associated Press news agency on Thursday that she was relieved the producer was finally being charged. He was the cult leader of Hollywood, I would say. More than 90 women have since come forward with additional allegations. He has been expelled by the Oscar-awarding Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and sacked by his own studio, The Weinstein Company, which has since filed for bankruptcy. In 1952, Kazan caved to pressure from the House Un-American Activities Committee, a U.S. government group that investigated people with possible ties to Communism. Some have alleged rape.
Standing alongside his defence attorney, the former Tinseltown powerbroker looked glum during the brief arraignment, agreeing to post bail at $1 million cash, surrender his passport and be fitted with a Global Positioning System monitoring device.More news: Watch This Amazing Time-Lapse Of The Glow From Hawaii's Volcanic Eruption
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