If they find evidence of that Weinstein could face federal charges. While an unnamed woman is suing for rape. Weinstein is accused of confining her in a Manhattan hotel room and raping her in 2013, according to a court complaint. Weinstein was formallly charged with rape, a charge tied to a woman who hasn't been identified, a criminal sex act, which is believed to be tied to an incident involving former actress Lucia Evans, who alleges he forced her to perform oral sex, along with sex abuse and sexual misconduct. Evans has hired noted lawyer Carrie Goldberg, who specializes in sexual violence, revenge porn, and stalking cases.
"Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein".
"We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges", Mr Brafman said.
During the arraignment, prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon described Weinstein as using his "position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually".
"Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell".
The film mogul posted $1 million cash bail and was released pending his next court appearance.
As he surrendered, Weinstein found himself surrounded by lights and cameras in a spectacle he couldn't control.
"You sorry, Harvey?" - Shout from a throng of media as Weinstein walked into courthouse in handcuffs. He was smiling at times, as he arrived at a police station with books, including a biography of Hollywood director Elia Kazan under his arm. The most serious rape charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. "The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office", the NYPD said.
Just last week, actress Asia Aregento spoke about what she says was her experience with Weinstein at the Cannes Film Festival. - Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan, to The Associated Press.
Mr Weinstein, 66, is charged with two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sexual act against two women, prosecutors said.
Weinstein's lawyer is one of America's most celebrated criminal defence attorneys.
Miramax, the company he founded with his brother, Bob, helped reinvent independent film, with hits like "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love". - Norwegian actress and Weinstein accuser Natassia Malthe, in a statement.
NY authorities have been investigating the disgraced producer for months, under growing pressure from Hollywood actresses to bring him to justice, and their probes are ongoing.
Police set up a sting in which the woman recorded herself confronting Weinstein. "We urge additional survivors and others with relevant information to call our Sex Crimes Hotline at 212-335-9373", District Attorney Cy Vance said.
The complaint says that Weinstein had sexual intercourse with the woman, and that she "had clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act".
Police in Los Angeles and London have also been investigating reports filed against Weinstein by multiple women.
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