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Harvey Weinstein Arrested On Rape, Criminal Sex Act Charges

Harvey Weinstein Arrested On Rape, Criminal Sex Act Charges

Rose McGowan is speaking out about disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's surrender to NY police to face charges stemming from a probe by the Manhattan district attorney's office into allegations of sexual abuse.

The NYPD did not specify the degrees of these charges, though CNN reported previously Weinstein was expected to be charged with first-and third-degree rape. The other case involves Lucia Evans, who claims Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a casting call.

Weinstein arrived early in the morning at the New York Police Department's First Precinct in Lower Manhattan, ushered into the station by law enforcement officers as members of the media crowded behind metal barriers erected outside.

However, it is not clear as of now whether the charges, expected on Friday, will include money mishandling allegations.

It was women sharing their experiences with Weinstein that made way for more victims to come forward with allegations against powerful men in the entertainment industry and beyond, revealing systems that seemed to, for years, insulate those men from any repercussions and silence their victims.

He left in handcuffs to go to court about an hour later, appearing to be smiling.

Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone, and his lawyer Benjamin Brafman said he meant to plead not guilty. They stem from encounters with two of the dozens of women who have accused him of sexual misdeeds ranging from harassment to assault.

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Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

The New York police said in its statement: "The NYPD thanks these courageous survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice". Assistant D.A. and Special Counsel Joan Illuzzi stated in substance at the arraignment that Weinstein would be fitted with a monitoring device, which enables him to be tracked 24/7; if he wishes to travel beyond NY or CT, he must seek prior approval from the People and the Court; and he surrendered his passport, and may not apply for a new or replacement passport. Argento and McGowan accused Harvey Weinstein of rape a year ago and have been at the forefront of the crusade for justice against him. He'll be required to wear a GPS monitoring system and is only allowed to travel within NY state or CT.

The statement did not identify the two women.

Weinstein has been accused of rape, assault and other forms of sexual misconduct.

The New York Times and the New York Daily News reported Thursday that investigators were preparing to arrest Weinstein the next day. Several actresses and models accused him of criminal sexual assaults, but numerous encounters happened too long ago for any prosecution.

Just last week, actress Asia Aregento spoke about what she says was her experience with Weinstein at the Cannes Film Festival.

He could be heard to reply: "Oh please, I'm sorry".