Harvey Weinstein will not go down without a fight

Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself in to Police to Face Sex Crime Charge in NYC

Movie producer Weinstein to surrender on sex assault charges

The film producer was to face criminal sex act and rape charges in a NY court, according to a law enforcement official who wasn't authorized to discuss the case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

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 past year. Weinstein's lawyer says he believes the movie mogul will ultimately be exonerated.

Nine out of ten criminal cases are resolved in a plea deal between prosecutors and the accused, rather than by a jury decision.

Almost 100 women have now accused Weinstein of crimes ranging from sexual harassment to assault and rape going back decades.

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The charges followed a months-long investigation that involved the Manhattan district attorney's office.

In a statement to FRONTLINE, Weinstein denied the attempted rape allegation and said that "Ms. Perkins asked for money instead of reporting her claims to the authorities".

The allegations have led investigators in New York, Los Angeles and London to open formal investigations into Weinstein's conduct.

The accusations, first reported previous year by the New York Times and the New Yorker, gave rise to the #MeToo movement, in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment of sexual misconduct.

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He turned himself in at a police precinct in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood in Manhattan early Friday morning, carrying books including "Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution". Actress Rose McGowan tweeted: "We got you, Harvey Weinstein".

According to the criminal complaint released by the Manhattan District Attorney's office, Weinstein, 66, "grabbed the back of informant's head forcing her head downward and forced her mouth onto his penis" in 2004 inside an address in Manhattan where Weinstein kept an office.

"I have to admit I didn't think I would see the day that he would have handcuffs on him", McGowan told ABC television. "We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity", she wrote. There, a judge set bail at $1 million cash or $10 million bond and assigned Weinstein to wear a monitoring device that he must pay for himself. - Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan, to The Associated Press. "I would say it's just so big". "Mr. Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual".

More than 70 women have accused Mr Weinstein of sexual misconduct although the charges relate to only two of them. The Weinstein Co's board fired him, and the company filed for bankruptcy in March.

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And in 2011 Vance took heavy flak from all sides for arresting the powerful Strauss-Kahn for alleged sexual assault on a hotel maid, and then later dropping the charges, saying he could not make a strong enough case. In 1952, Kazan caved to pressure from the House Un-American Activities Committee, a U.S. government group that investigated people with possible ties to Communism.

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