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Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to Rape in New York

Film producer Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police eight months after sex abuse claims surfaced

"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", read a statement from the New York City Police Department.

His face pulled in a strained smile and his hands locked behind his back, the once-powerful Hollywood figure emerged from a police station overnight facing rape and criminal sex act charges, a searing reckoning for the man who became a symbol of a worldwide outcry over sexual misconduct.

The case was adjourned to Jul 30.

Shortly afterwards Weinstein slipped out a rear entrance of the court as his attorney Benjamin Brafman came to the front to address reporters. Asia Argento, who said Weinstein sexually assaulted her, said on Friday: "We, the women, finally have real hope for justice".

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A statement from the NYPD - which has worked with the DA office on the case - also thanked "these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".

Rose McGowan appeared on Megyn Kelly TODAY on Friday morning to discuss Harvey Weinstein's arrest for rape and other charges.

Evans told The New Yorker in a story published in October that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a daytime meeting at his New York office in 2004, the summer before her senior year at Middlebury College.

Authorities in California and London also are investigating assault allegations.

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Brafman said Weinstein may be guilty of bad behavior but not criminal conduct, adding his client did not invent the casting couch.it's been around for a long time. Prosecutors have also reportedly spoken with actress Paz de la Huerta, who claimed in an interview with Vanity Fair that Weinstein raped her twice in 2010. The movement has given women everywhere the power to speak up against sexual abuse and has been described as a major turning point in how accusations about sexual abuse and other misconduct is treated. The most serious rape charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. He is allowed only in the states of NY and CT.

Argento came forward with her accusations against Weinstein as part of the 2017 Ronan Farrow New Yorker piece that ultimately took the disgraced movie mogul down.

"I anticipate the women who made these allegations, when subjected to cross examination, in the event we even get that far, that the charges will not be believed by 12 people", Braffman said. "I was 21 years old".

Weinstein pleaded not guilty and paid $1 million dollars on bail. Mr Weinstein is now out on one million dollar bail and is wearing a monitoring device, BBC reports. The second woman is unidentified. More than 80 allegations have been leveled at Weinstein since last fall.

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