Harvey Weinstein Charged With Rape After Surrendering To N.Y

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Al Franken, chef Mario Batali, casino magnate Steve Wynn and, most recently, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Harvey Weinstein at Cannes in France, May 25, 2017.

Donald Trump's victory in 2016 hardened the resolve of many women who, when confronted with the Weinstein case in October, saw a rare chance that a serial predator with vast prestige and clout might be held accountable.

Authorities in California and London are also investigating assault allegations.

He's expected to turn himself in around 8 a.m.to be arrested on charges of rape and sexual assault, reporter Benjamin Mueller of The New York Times told NPR's All Things Considered.

Yet it was a 2004 meeting with actress Lucia Evans that stands at the center of the allegations Weinstein now faces in NY.

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It is noted that the producer was charged with two counts of rape.

He posted a one million dollar (£751,060) cash bail and will wear an electronic monitor which tracks his movements 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The criminal sex act charge stems from an allegation brought by Lucia Evans, who has said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during what she thought would be a casting call.

The public allegations against Weinstein helped prompt a broad public furor about sexual misconduct. These reports sparked the #MeToo movement, in which hundreds of women have since come forward and accused men in power, of sexual assault and harassment. She has said he forced her to perform oral sex.

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". The arrest and arraignment was a meaningful moment for dozens of other women who have accused him of misconduct. "This is the first time since written history that women are being believed - begrudgingly, but still".

Evans, now a marketing consultant, told The New Yorker that Weinstein approached her in a club in 2004 and that an assistant subsequently set up a daytime meeting at the Miramax office in Tribeca.

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An official says the charges are likely to include one other victim who has not spoken publicly.

"We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorised by his vast network of complicity".

The outpouring saw people around the world come forward with cases of sexual mistreatment, leading to resignations and sackings of powerful men across industries, and the disgrace of Oscar victor Kevin Spacey.

Weinstein was charged with rape and a criminal sex act as well as lower-level sex abuse and sexual misconduct charges.

The officials were not authorized to speak to The Associated Press and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Evans, who is now a marketing consultant, didn't report the incident to police at the time, telling The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow that she blamed herself for not fighting back.

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"Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood", the attorney said.

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