Harvey Weinstein Charged With Rape After Surrendering To N.Y

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Harvey Weinstein turns himself in to police at a station in Manhattan on Friday morning. Al Franken, chef Mario Batali, casino magnate Steve Wynn and, most recently, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

"We got you, Harvey Weinstein", McGowan tweeted.

In 2012 Weinstein compared himself to composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist-dramatist Oscar Hammerstein, telling the BBC: "Like Rodgers and Hammerstein, I'm not afraid to deal with themes about the ups and downs of life, yet which are still entertaining, and you still feel these stories".

Authorities in California and London are also investigating assault allegations.

The officials say the charges relate to related to a former actress, Lucia Evans, who said Weinstein assaulted her in his NY offices in 2004.

There was no immediate public reaction from other stars who have spoken of being harassed by Weinstein, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Salma Hayek.

As part of a bail package negotiated in advance, he will put up $1 million in cash and will agree to wear a monitoring device.

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.

"His face has terrorized me for so long", she said.

Brafman did not immediately return a message from the AP on Wednesday but told The Wall Street Journal that he had met with federal prosecutors "in an attempt to dissuade them from proceeding".

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Weinstein has always denied non-consensual sex and these are the first charges that have been levelled against him.

She echoed numerous other women to explain why she did not press charges. Another aspiring actress, Mimi Haleyi, said Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in his NY apartment in 2006.

Sex crimes, aside from child pornography cases, are usually handled by local prosecutors under state law, but federal charges can be brought under certain circumstances if a person brings a victim across state lines for the goal of a sexual assault or the attack happens on federal lands. She was among the first women to speak out about the producer.

Mr Braffman added that the allegations facing Mr Weinstein are "entirely without merit".

That fund, administered by the National Women's Law Center, is already connecting low-wage women with attorneys who can help them pursue complaints of sexual assault and harassment.

Women around the world came forward with similar cases of sexual mistreatment by men.

Louise Godbold, a British woman living in Los Angeles, said the phenomenon of global support that has sprung up with allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein and others "was the honeymoon".

Evans confirmed to The New Yorker that she was pressing charges.

Gayle Goldin, a state legislator in Rhode island who's been campaigning against sexual misconduct, said multiple factors - aside from the Trump Effect - distinguished the Weinstein case from previous cases involving high-profile men.