Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan: ‘We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you’

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Weinstein was then led out of the station house on his way to court, where he was arraigned on charges of first-degree rape and third-degree rape in one case, and first-degree criminal sex act in the other.

More than 70 women have accused the co-founder of the Miramax film studio and the Weinstein Co of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some allegations dating back decades. The official says the film producer will be charged with committing a criminal sex act in a 2004 encounter with an aspiring actress who told a magazine he forced her to perform oral sex.

Benjamin Brafman, Weinstein's lawyer, spoke out about the not guilty plea in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter on Friday: "Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone".

"We obviously did not come here to try the case", Brafman said.

The New York Police Department issued a statement thanking "these courageous survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".

According to the Times' Ben Mueller, one of the two women cited in the charges is actress Lucia Evans, who told her story to journalist Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker a year ago.

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Former "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra, who has said she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein in the 1990s, tweeted "Can't Wait!" followed by "Anyone know where I can get front row seats?"

Weinstein, who's also being investigated in Los Angeles and London, also waived extradition to any other state or country. In October 2015, Vance Jr. declined to press charges after an investigation into whether Weinstein groped Italian model Ambra Battilana. Film actress Rose McGowan said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah, "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992 and Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008. "To see him standing in court with his mouth slightly ajar was unsettling", she says.

In the past, Brafman had said that Weinstein denied any allegations of "nonconsensual sex". He agreed to not leave the New York State or CT without court permission, and has also agreed to wear a Global Positioning System tracking device. Federal prosecutors in NY have started a sex crimes investigation involving him, according to The Wall Street Journal. Today we are one step closer to justice. "Had he been held accountable years ago, there would be fewer victims of his sex crimes", Harrison said.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R Vance Jr praised the "brave survivors who have come forward" as he urged people with relevant information to come forward.

"Your honor, the defendant is before the court charged with two violent B felonies for two separate violent sexual assaults against two women", said top Manhattan prosecutor Joan Illuzzi.

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