Harvey Weinstein surrenders at NYC police station to face rape, other sex charges

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NEW YORK (NBC) — Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was booked Friday on rape and other sex charges in connection with accusations by two women and marched out of a New York City police station in handcuffs before a jeering crowd.

A short time later, he was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court, where he was expected to post $1 million bail and be released with an ankle monitor.

“This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he could violate them sexually,” prosecutor Joan Illuzzi told the judge, adding that the monthslong investigation into Weinstein was ongoing.

Weinstein, standing next to his attorney Ben Brafman, did not speak during the short proceeding. Weinstein has previously denied all allegations of “non-consensual sex.”

The court appearance and so-called perp walk before dozens of cameras — gray Manhattan pavement taking the place of a red carpet — opened a new chapter in the downfall of a man whose behavior sparked the #MeToo movement.

“The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice,” police said in a statement.

The NYPD did not identify the women, but sources told NBC News that one of them is Lucia Evans, who has said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex after luring her to his office in 2004.

“I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,’” Evans told the New Yorker in October. “I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.”

The rape charge is connected to a woman who has not been publicly named.

Once one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, Weinstein turned himself in at the 1st Precinct just before 7:30 a.m. to be fingerprinted and photographed.

Reporters and onlookers flanked the producer as he got out of a black SUV, surrounded by detectives and ignoring shouted questions.

He wore a blue sweater, dark blazer and a weak smile as he took his first steps toward the stationhouse, but looked somber as he strode through the door. He carried several books, including “Elia Kazan: A Biography” and “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution.”

Inside, he was charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct, the NYPD said, providing no other details.

He left the stationhouse at about 8:45 a.m., his hands cuffed behind his back, and another small smile on his face as spectators yelled at him. He entered the courthouse about 10 minutes later. After arraignment, it’s expected he will be released on $1 million bail and required to wear an ankle monitor.

“To see him in cuffs… that’s a very good feeling,” actress Rose McGowan, who says Weinstein raped her, told Megyn Kelly TODAY.

Since women began going public with allegations against Weinstein in October, he has apologized for his behavior but denied accusations of “nonconsensual sex.”

Some of his accusers took to social media to celebrate his arrest.

“Today, Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell,” actress Asia Argento said. “We, the women, finally have real hope for justice.”

The New York case brought by the Manhattan district attorney isn’t Weinstein’s only legal trouble. In February, the LAPD forwarded three accusations to prosecutors to review and decide whether to bring charges.

Before he resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations of his own, former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed suit against Weinstein, and the producer faces lawsuits from accusers.

Dozens of women have accused Weinstein of a wide range of misconduct, ranging from harassment to rape, over decades. The accusers run the gamut from office workers to some of the biggest names in show business, including Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek, Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Rosanna Arquette.

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