Weinstein was arrested on charges of rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct in regards to two separate incidents involving two separate women, according to Deadline.
More than 70 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct although the charges relate to only two of them. Britain has no statute of limits on rape cases; some of the allegations under investigation there date to the 1980s.
Weinstein is accused of forcing then-aspiring actress Lucia Evans to perform oral sex in 2004 and raping a second unknown woman on March 18, 2013, at the DoubleTree hotel on Lexington Avenue in Midtown. "Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood", Brafman said.
He is due back in court in July. Weinstein's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said his client intends to plea not guilty and insists that he didn't do non-consensual sexual acts.
The statement thanked "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 past year. The producer is also under investigation in London and Los Angeles, and he is facing a lawsuit in Toronto.
It's been almost eight months since accusations of rape, sex assault and harassment first surfaced against the 66-year-old Weinstein.
"BOOM", tweeted Italian actress Asia Argento, who has accused Weinstein of raping her at the Cannes film festival in 1997 when she was 21.
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"We can't go backward", she said. On Thursday in the United States, Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer and Weinstein's NY lawyer Benjamin Brafman both declined to comment.
"Weinstein had until recently seemed untouchable, harnessing his wealth and his influence in the movie industry to intimidate women out of speaking publicly and, only three years ago, withstand an investigation into groping allegations", the NYT report said.
"The NYPD thanks these courageous survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice", the NYPD said in a statement.
American film producer Harvey Weinstein has surrendered to police on sex crime charges.
Weinstein has denied all accusations of unwanted sex.
"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.
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