Harvey Weinstein charged with rape

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Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself in to Police to Face Sex Crime Charge in NYC

Neither victim was named. "I thank the courageous survivors who have come forward, and my Office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation".

Some said Friday that it was remarkable to see Weinstein face charges.

Film producer Harvey Weinstein surrendered to New York City police, Friday, on charges of rape and sex abuse and was taken to court in handcuffs. "Today we are one step closer to justice".

Weinstein walked in to the station carrying two books: Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum, and an autobiography of Elia Kazan.

Weinstein, who denies the allegations, turns himself in to NY police after months of sexual abuse allegations from scores of women that toppled him from Hollywood's most powerful ranks. Weinstein surrendered his USA passport and agreed to wear a monitoring device that tracks his location, confining him to the states of NY and CT.

Throughout, Weinstein was pale, sombre and cowed as the wheels of justice turned.

Variety reported that he will not be allowed to leave the states of NY and CT.

Rose McGowan, one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, can't believe he's finally being charged with rape.

That said, he was charged with first-degree rape and sexual abuse. "It's a very good feeling..."

Dozens of women have made allegations against the 66-year-old, including rape and sexual assault, and giving rise to the #MeToo movement. The New York judge set Weinstein's first court date for July.

The complaint says that the woman told police that Weinstein forced her into oral sexual conduct, and that he "grabbed the back of [her] head forcing her head downward and forcing her mouth onto his penis". "If it's being done to me and other people who are well-known, what's happening to those who aren't?" she said.

In a statement to FRONTLINE, Weinstein denied the attempted rape allegation and said that "Ms. Perkins asked for money instead of reporting her claims to the authorities". His fashion designer wife, Georgina Chapman, has left him. In another tweet: "What took you so long Harvey?"

"I came of age in the '60s and '70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different", the 66-year-old said in a weird statement in October that apologized for yet appeared to justify his behavior.

Until the scandal, Weinstein was among the most influential forces in American film. His past clients include former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who ultimately escaped criminal prosecution for alleged sexual assault in 2011.

This is the first time Weinstein has been slapped with charges since the controversial accusations first surfaced last October. And in many cases, too much "celebrity justice", an "X" factor that has seen famous men acquitted in the past on charges that have included rape and murder.

He remains under investigation for alleged sex crimes in Los Angeles and London. That investigation is in its preliminary stages. Several actresses and models accused him of criminal sexual assaults, but numerous encounters happened too long ago for any prosecution. "Bad behavior is not on trial in this case - it is only if you intentionally committed a criminal act, and Mr. Weinstein vigorously denies that".

The marketing consultant told reporter Ronan Farrow Thursday that she was pressing charges.

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