Cyrus Vance, Harvey Weinstein's prosecutor, also faces investigation

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Sources said Weinstein would be charged with first and third-degree rape related to one case and criminal sex act related to another.

On Friday morning, the disgraced movie producer was arrested on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him. The charge says that in 2004 at 375 Greenwich St., where Weinstein's Miramax film company had space, Weinstein "grabbed the back of informant's head forcing her head downward and forcing her" to engage in oral sex. He is now out on bail, wearing a monitoring device.

The NYPD added on Friday: "Today, at the NYPD's 1st Precinct, Harvey Weinstein was arrested, processed and charged with Rape, Criminal Sex Act, Sex Abuse and Sexual Misconduct for incidents involving two separate women".

The First Police Precinct station house, where Mr. Weinstein was arrested, was not unfamiliar to him.

"This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually" - prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said.

"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". We inted to move very quickly to dismiss these charges. And he began to take aim at the accusations and accusers, noting that the alleged attacks weren't reported to police when they happened and suggesting potential jurors wouldn't believe the women. We believe that they are constitutionally flawed.

"The NYPD thanks these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice", the NYPD said in a statement.

Appearing in court in NY today, the film producer spoke to only to confirm he understood as he was charged with two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sexual act for alleged incidents involving two separate women.

Police have previously confirmed an active Weinstein investigation regarding Evans, but the precise charges he could face remained unclear on Thursday.

Harvey Weinstein has been arraigned on rape, criminal sex act and other sex charges stemming from encounters with two women.

Evans, who is now a marketing consultant, did not report the incident to police at the time.

Eventually, she said, the burly executive "overpowered" her.

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"I hope in this case, it works". The claims destroyed his career and set off a national reckoning over sexual misconduct known as the #MeToo movement.

It was a carefully choreographed performance.

'It was really satisfying seeing that rapist pig Harvey Weinstein walk into the NYPD. When he was led into the courtroom, police still had his hands cuffed behind his back. He could not avoid the spotlight that up until months ago had always been glowing and reverential. Handcuffed and silent, he ignored a a lineup of reporters snapping photos and shouting questions.

As he walked into the station, he was holding three books. Kazan was also shunned by Hollywood after he outed several colleagues as communists during the McCarthy era. More than 80 allegations have been leveled at Weinstein since last fall.

The Hollywood mogul has faced accusations of sexual harassment and assault from dozens of women.

The woman, Lucia Evans, (LOO'-sha) was among the first to speak out about the film producer.

The 66-year-old also surrendered his passport, and will not be able to travel outside of the states of NY and CT.

In 2015, Vance declined to prosecute Weinstein after model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez filed a complaint alleging that he groped her breasts, and the NYPD had her record a conversation with Weinstein that police felt corroborated her complaint.

Harvey Weinstein's lawyer says he believes the movie mogul will ultimately be exonerated of rape and other sex charges against him in NY. Allegations have been mounting against Weinstein since last October. She received half a million responses in 24 hours.

Tarana Burke, who started #MeToo, said Weinstein's intention to turn himself in marked a turning point in the conversation. "We were just people".

Weinstein has kept a low profile since his downfall. On Thursday US film star Morgan Freeman apologised following allegations of sexual misconduct.