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25 May 2018, 08:22 | Rodolfo Wallace
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He will reportedly be charged with first-degree rape and third-degree rape in one case, and with first-degree criminal sex act in another, officials told the daily.
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. Prosecutors in the office of the Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance conducted dozens of interviews in NY and elsewhere and issued hundreds of subpoenas, and their inquiry is not over.
In a statement to Mic, organizers of the Women's March called Friday "an important day in terms of visibility for all women whose lives have been devastated because of the actions of Harvey Weinstein", adding, "We seek justice for women and all people who have been harassed and abused in the workplace".
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.
The New York Post said he would surrender to police for fingerprinting and then be taken to a Manhattan court. He appeared pale, standing next to his lawyer Ben Brafman, while prosecutors described a bail arrangement.
Detectives sent her back to meet Mr Weinstein in a hotel, wearing a wire. He was transported to New York County Criminal Court at 8:55 a.m.; two sources told NBC News he is expected to be released on $1 million bail and required to wear an ankle monitor.
Under a previously agreed bail package, Weinstein's travel will be restricted to NY and the neighbouring state of CT, and he agreed to surrender his passport. His attorney told reporters outside court that Weinstein meant to plead not guilty to all four charges announced Friday. "I tried to get away, but maybe I didn't try hard enough".
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Police have, however, previously confirmed an active Weinstein investigation regarding Evans, who was an aspiring actress at the time. "I have a visceral need for him to have handcuffs on".
She told The New Yorker in a story published in October that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a daytime meeting at his New York office in 2004, the summer before her senior year at Middlebury College. A few including Asia Argento and Rose McGowan have said they were raped.
The victim in the rape case has not been identified.
It's not clear whether Weinstein will face additional charges involving other women.
But, unlike those with tales of sexual harassment and misconduct, McGowan was among the few who accused him of assault. Britain has no statute of limits on rape cases; some of the allegations under investigation there date to the 1980s.
Miramax, the company he founded with his brother, Bob, in 1979 helped reinvent independent cinema with hits like "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love".
"Weinstein had until recently seemed untouchable, harnessing his wealth and his influence in the movie industry to intimidate women out of speaking publicly and, only three years ago, withstand an investigation into groping allegations", the NYT report said.
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