The New York Daily News reports that the charges Weinstein was hit with Friday are in connection with the allegations from Lucia Evans, who told investigators that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004.
The film producer was to face criminal sex act and rape charges in a NY court, according to a law enforcement official who wasn't authorized to discuss the case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Weinstein arrived early in the morning at the New York Police Department's 1st Precinct in Lower Manhattan, ushered into the station by law enforcement officers as members of the media crowded behind metal barriers.
Judge Kevin McGrath ordered Weinstein released on $1 million cash bail.
More than seven months after the first allegations against Harvey Weinstein were levied, the disgraced movie producer and mogul was finally arrested in New York City today, not far from his former offices at The Weinstein Company. The NYPD did the same, stating it "thanks these fearless survivors who have come forward". "The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office", the statement continues.
NY police say charges relate to allegations made by two women in an sex abuse probe involving the movie producer. While an unnamed woman is suing for rape. A few, including Asia Argento and Rose McGowan, said they were raped. Weinstein agreed to post $1 million cash bail, wear an electronic monitor and not travel beyond NY and CT. "We urge additional survivors and others with relevant information to call our Sex Crimes Hotline at 212-335-9373", District Attorney Cy Vance said.
Law enforcement sources tell us, the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of NY is looking to see if Weinstein violated the Mann Act.
As prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said in court: Weinstein "used his money, power and position to lure women into positions where he was able to violate them sexually". "We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity", she wrote.
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They also called for access, for Democrats as well as Republicans , to all documents related to the case. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper defended using an informant on ABC's "The View".
Some said Friday that it was remarkable to see Weinstein face charges.
A jury would not believe the women, Brafman said, "assuming we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case".
Asked about the raft of other allegations against Weinstein, Brafman said the case was a question of crime, not bad behaviour.
The identity of one of the women whose accusations prompted the charges was confirmed by her lawyer on Friday.
Weinstein has maintained his innocence and claimed that all of his sexual encounters have been consensual, and previously claimed that McGowan demanded a hefty settlement to keep her allegations quiet.
Meanwhile, separate investigations on sex crimes Weinstein was accused of committing in London and Los Angeles are now being conducted.