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Harvey Weinstein Surrenders To Authorities On Sexual Assault Allegations

Harvey Weinstein Surrenders To Authorities On Sexual Assault Allegations

Weinstein, 66, was charged with rape, criminal sex act, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct for cases involving two women.

"Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood, and to the extent that there is bad behavior in that industry, that is not what this is about", the attorney said. She was among the first women to speak out about the producer.

Weinstein earlier turned himself in at a lower Manhattan police station around 7:25 a.m. EDT (1125 GMT).

Harvey Weinstein was arrested Friday morning after turning himself over to law enforcement, the NYPD confirmed. In another case, involving a woman who has not been named, Weinstein faces charges that include first-degree rape.

More than 50 women, including stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd and Angelina Jolie, accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, which the former has denied. As part of the agreement, Weinstein turned in his passport, and acknowledged he needs consent to travel outside of CT and NY (where he owns separate properties).

A source tells ET that Weinstein did post bail and left the courthouse following his arraignment.

Speaking in court, Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, a Manhattan assistant attorney, said Weinstein used " his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually".

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Other women who have publicly accused Weinstein of criminal sexual assaults include the film actress Rose McGowan, who said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah, "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra, who said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992, and Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe, who said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008.

She is not one of the victims in the case on Friday; hers was still pending, officials said.

The charges followed a months-long investigation that involved the Manhattan district attorney's office and the New York Police Department. Evans, who is now a marketing consultant, didn't report the encounter to police at the time, telling The New Yorker that she blamed herself for not fighting back.

Police in Los Angeles and London have also been investigating reports filed against Weinstein by multiple women.

Rose McGowan on Friday gave her first TV interview to Megyn Kelly following the arrest of sexual predator Harvey Weinstein.

In the complaint, a New York Police detective stated that in 2004, Weinstein forced a woman to engage in oral sex with him, physically shoving her head downward. Reps for Weinstein have consistently denied that he has ever engaged in non-consensual sex. Some women's groups, including the Hollywood activist group Time's Up, accused the Democrat of being too deferential to Weinstein and too dismissive of his accusers.

Ronan Farrow, who wrote the New Yorker's report on Weinstein, told CNN Friday that numerous producer's accusers believed they'd never see justice.