Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has turned himself into police.
The movie producer arrived at a police precinct in New York City on Friday morning to face charges of rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct, according to The Associated Press. These particular charges are for alleged encounters with two women.
Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex with women. Police have not identified the women.
However, one of the women could be actress Lucia Evans who told The New Yorker last year that she is pressing charges against Weinstein after he allegedly forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Miramax office in Manhattan in 2004.
Weinstein, 66, left the police station carrying a pile of books, as police brought him to a black SUV that has driven him to a court in Manhattan. He is expected to be arraigned later in the day.
The charges come from an investigation headed by the Manhattan district attorney's office. Their office and federal authorities have been investigating Weinstein since the start of 2018, according to The Associated Press.
After initial reports in The New York Times and The New Yorker about Weinstein's abuses last year, over 70 of women, including acclaimed actresses Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, Asia Argento and Paz de la Huerta, have accused him of sexual misconduct, and in some cases rape.
"The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice," police said in a statement.
Weinstein’s public downfall has helped spur the #Metoo movement.
McGowan, one of the most outspoken activists regarding Weinstein, who has also accused him of raping her twenty years ago told The Associated Press that she is “still in shock” that he now faces charges. However, she is isn't betting any money on the movie mogul facing any jail time.
“I still have very guarded hopes,” McGowan said. “The justice system has been something very elusive. I hope in this case it works. Because it’s all true. None of this was consensual.”
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