Movie producer Weinstein charged with rape, sex abuse against two women

Harvey Weinstein turns himself in to police

Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police, faces rape charges

A judge agreed to release Weinstein on $1 million bail on Friday after he agreed to wear an electronic monitor that tracks his movements 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The New York Police Department announced in a brief statement he was "arrested, processed and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women".

The accusations, first reported by the New York Times and the New Yorker a year ago, gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment of misconduct.

Actress Rose McGowan, who accused Harvey Weinstein of rape, applauded the arrest of the Hollywood media mogul in NY on Friday. He said the cases against Weinstein were "legally defective or factually not supported".

Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

Weinstein's career went down in flames last October over sexual assault allegations following bombshell articles in The New York Times and New Yorker, which sparked a sexual harassment watershed across the United States. He carried thick books under his right arm, including what appeared to be biographies of the Broadway musical duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and Elia Kazan, the director of such classic Hollywood films as "On the Waterfront" and "A Streetcar Named Desire".

As he was handcuffed and transported to court, she followed up with, "Harvey Weinstein ain't smiling now". His travel will be restricted and he will surrender his passport, The New York Times reported.

"This is all happening in real time, but I can say this", McGowan said while appearing on Megyn Kelly Today on Friday.

Argento - who claimed she was raped by Weinstein in Cannes, France, in the '90s - tweeted a video of the former executive walking into the police station. "This is a big strike into the heart of abuse of power".

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Entertainment industry heavyweights have distanced themselves from Weinstein - who had been one of Hollywood's most powerful men - since the accusations became public. The Weinstein Co's board fired him, and the company filed for bankruptcy in March.

Harvey Weinstein's attorney described his client as "lonely and angry" before the disgraced film producer was charged with rape. He had racked up Oscars for a string of films that helped define independent cinema in the 1990s, including "Shakespeare in Love" and "Pulp Fiction".

The #MeToo movement has seen people around the world come forward with cases of sexual mistreatment, leading to the downfall of powerful men across industries, including double Oscar victor Kevin Spacey. He sought treatment for sex addiction at a facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, the New York Times reported.

Brafman said in a May court filing that federal prosecutors in NY had opened a separate criminal investigation into the allegations.

The New York charges mark the second high-profile prosecution of a once-powerful show business personality in the #MeToo era.

In the eight months since, scores of women have made sexual harassment and assault allegations against the movie mogul.

It was unclear whether NY prosecutors would seek to have other Weinstein accusers testify against him.

Salma Hayek, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie are among more than two dozen actresses who say they were sexually harassed by the producer.

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