A statement from the NYPD reads, "Today, at the NYPD's 1st Precinct, Harvey Weinstein was arrested, processed and charged with Rape, Criminal Sex Act, Sex Abuse and Sexual Misconduct for incidents involving two separate women". 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.
Harvey Weinstein was arrested and charged with rape and other abuse charges Friday, months after allegations of sexual violence and harassment toppled the once-powerful Hollywood mogul.
Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer and his lawyer Benjamin Brafman both declined to comment to Reuters on Thursday on the charges.
Weinstein was a fixture of elite Manhattan and Los Angeles society until his accusers came forward.
"Mr. Weinstein will enter a plea of not guilty", Brafman told reporters, adding that his client "has always maintained that any sexual activity he engaged in was consensual".
Brafman also said his job "is not to defend behavior". His travel will be restricted to NY and CT. The Hollywood producer left the Manhattan courthouse through a back door.
A judge is expected to release him on bail, according to media reports. A grand jury has reportedly been hearing evidence in the case for several weeks.
As he turned himself in, Weinstein, 66, found himself surrounded by lights and cameras in a spectacle he couldn't control.
He did not respond when a woman shouted: "Why are you smiling, Harvey?" Weinstein mildly shook his head and softly said "no". The rape charge stems from an allegation by a woman who has not been publicly identified.
She was one of the earliest Harvey Weinstein accusers, and she thought the mogul might never face justice in a court of law.
Harvey Weinstein has been charged with at least four sex-related offenses after turning himself in to the NY police on Friday.
Actress Ashley Judd is suing the Hollywood producer, claiming he damaged her career after she rejected his sexual advances.
"This is an emotional moment". Authorities in California and London also are investigating assault allegations. He is allowed only in the states of NY and CT.
"This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually", prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said at Weinstein's arraignment on Friday in Manhattan Criminal Court. "The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office".
Some of Friday's charges reportedly stem in part from complaints from former actress Lucia Evans, who says Weinstein assaulted her in his NY offices in 2004. Weinstein was charged with Rape in the First and Third Degrees, as well as Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, for forcible sexual acts against two women in 2013 and 2004, respectively.
The film producer denies charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex.
Weinstein was arraigned Friday on charges stemming from encounters with two women. Harvey and his brother Bob Weinstein started his now-bankrupt company after leaving Miramax, the company they founded in 1979 and which became a powerhouse in '90s indie film with hits like "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love".
Brafman said in a May court filing that federal prosecutors in NY had opened a separate criminal investigation into the allegations.
Police detectives set up a sting where the woman recorded herself confronting Weinstein.
Prosecutors in the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., conducted dozens of interviews in NY and elsewhere and issued hundreds of subpoenas, and their inquiry is not over.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. had been under pressure over his 2015 decision not to pursue a complaint by model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, who said Weinstein had groped her without her consent.
The public allegations against Weinstein helped prompt a broad public furor about sexual misconduct.