NEW YORK (AP) – Harvey Weinstein has arrived at a police station in New York where he is expected to surrender himself to face criminal charges in a sexual assault probe.
Weinstein has been arraigned on rape, criminal sex act and other sex charges stemming from encounters with two women.
Weinstein stepped from a black SUV and walked slowly into a Manhattan police station before a crowd of news cameras. He didn’t answer respond to shouts of his name.
Two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press the case includes a woman who has said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a meeting at his office in 2004.
The woman, Lucia Evans, was among the first to speak out about the film producer.
An official says the charges are likely to include one other victim who has not spoken publicly.
The officials spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the investigation.
Weinstein’s lawyer says he believes the movie mogul will ultimately be exonerated of rape and other sex charges against him in New York.
Attorney Benjamin Brafman says Weinstein vehemently denies the charges and will fight to get them dismissed. And Brafman says he doesn’t think a jury would believe Weinstein’s accusers – if potential jurors are “not consumed by the movement that seems to have consumed this case.”
Allegations from dozens of women against the once-powerhouse producer catalyzed what became known as the #MeToo movement, a national reckoning about sexual misconduct.
Weinstein was arraigned Friday on charges stemming from encounters with two women.
He was released on $1 million bail and left a courthouse through a back door. He agreed to electronic monitoring and to stay within New York and Connecticut.
Lawyers for the film producer have said all allegations that he forced himself on women were “entirely without merit.”
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