The Manhattan district attorney's office and NY police have investigated Weinstein for months, coming under growing pressure in recent months from the Time's up movement for the fallen producer to be brought to justice.
Manhattan's district attorney, Cyrus Vance, is the first prosecutor to bring criminal charges against Harvey Weinstein over allegations of sexual assault. The New York Times and the New York Daily News reported the case would involve allegations that he forced Lucia Evans to perform oral sex during an audition in 2004.
Weinstein's career went down in flames in 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.
Weinstein's spokesperson Juda Engelmayer and lawyer Benjamin Brafman, the New York Police Department, and the district attorney's office have refused to comment on the reports, according to Reuters. We'll have more on Harvey Weinstein's arrest later in the broadcast. Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.
The officials said Weinstein will be arrested and then taken to the Manhattan Criminal Court to be arraigned on the charges. The statute of limitations for rape and certain other sex crimes in NY was eliminated in 2006, but not for attacks that happened prior to 2001. He appeared pale, standing next to his lawyer Ben Brafman, while prosecutors described a bail arrangement.
"Mr. Weinstein will enter a plea of not guilty". A judge agreed to release Weinstein on $1 million bail, with constant electronic monitoring and a ban on traveling beyond NY and CT. He'll be required to wear a GPS monitoring system and is only allowed to travel within NY state or CT.
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It's not clear whether Weinstein will face additional charges involving other women. She is not one of the victims in the case on Friday; hers was still pending, officials said.
Weinstein had been on the radar of authorities for several years.
"I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, ' " she told the publication, adding that in the end, "He's a big guy". A few including Asia Argento and Rose McGowan have said they were raped. "I didn't want to kick him or fight him". "They said that if I do nothing, Harvey would walk".
The Hollywood producer stands accused by more than 70 women of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some of the accusations going back decades. Brafman says he doesn't think a jury would believe Weinstein's accusers - if potential jurors are "not consumed by the movement that seems to have consumed this case". Britain has no statute of limits on rape cases; some of the allegations under investigation there date to the 1980s.
He co-founded Miramax, which has produced such Academy Award-winning films as Pulp Fiction, Chicago, The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love.
Sexual assault cases, particularly those that allegedly happened years ago, are notoriously hard to prosecute and often lack substantive forensic evidence.