Movie mogul Weinstein handcuffed in court to face sex crime charges

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Since then, almost 100 women have come forward alleging 40 years of impropriety that sparked a sexual harassment watershed, ending the careers of powerful men and spawning the global #MeToo and Time's Up movements.

Weinstein, who is represented by the famous NY lawyer Ben Brafman, the same who had achieved in 2011, the dismissal of charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the case of the Sofitel, has always denied having had sexual intercourse "non-consensual".

Since the claims surfaced last fall, Harvey Weinstein himself has been investigated by police in several different cities in addition to NY, has been sued for sexual harassment and defamation, and has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Weinstein was arrested on charges of rape, criminal sex acts, sex abuse and sexual misconduct and surrendered himself to authorities in New York City on Friday morning following multiple investigations into claims of sexual misconduct carried out by the Manhattan District Attorney's office and the NYPD.

There was no immediate public reaction from other stars who have spoken of being harassed by Weinstein, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Salma Hayek.

The official says the rape charge relates to a woman who has not spoken publicly or been identified. She says they're "all elated".

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McGowan said she has been talking with another one of Weinstein's accusers about possibly attending some of the courtroom proceedings. She was among the first women to speak out about the producer.

"The backlash to him and his election was so massive among women that that was the setup", Spillar said.

The former powerbroker - once the toast of Hollywood, whose films won scores of Oscars - is likely to be charged with raping one woman and forcing another into performing oral sex, U.S. media have reported.

"His face has terrorized me for so long", she said. Another aspiring actress, Mimi Haleyi, said Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in his NY apartment in 2006.

"We, as victims of that kind of behavior, we had all heard that kind of talk before", said Weinstein accuser Louisette Geiss.

NY police have previously confirmed an active Weinstein investigation regarding Evans, who was an aspiring actress at the time, and a credible rape allegation after "Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta accused the former producer of raping her twice at her NY apartment in late 2010.

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Lawyers for the film producer have said all allegations that he forced himself on women were "entirely without merit".

Two law enforcement officials say the charges are related to a former actress, Lucia (LOO'-sha) Evans, who says Weinstein assaulted her in 2004.

The officials spoke Thursday to the AP on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the investigation.

She didn't report the incident to police at the time, telling The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow that she blamed herself for not fighting back.

"Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood", the attorney said.

Scores of women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct ranging from inappropriate comments to rape.

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