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Harvey Weinstein surrenders to New York police to face sex charges

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Harvey Weinstein surrenders to New York police to face sex charges

Harvey Weinstein surrenders to New York police to face sex charges

Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein arrived at a New York City police station on Friday to turn himself in on charges related to sexual misconduct.

The former US media mogul entered a New York Police Department building in lower Manhattan wearing a jacket, a light blue pullover sweater and white-collared shirt.

Dozens of women – including actresses Salma Hayek, Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Rose McGowan – have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

He is due to be charged by the district attorney of Manhattan’s, according to the New York Times quoting two unidentified law enforcement officials. The newspaper said he faces charges of raping one woman and forcing another to perform oral sex on him.

The allegations against him include rape, sexual abuse, assault and harassment. In some cases, Weinstein allegedly offered to pay the women or coerced them to stay silent.

After his arrest, Weinstein is expected to be arraigned and then given the option to be released in exchange for bail, which is expected to be set at 1 million dollars, US media reported. He is also likely to be fitted with a monitoring device and asked to surrender his passport.

Weinstein also faces charges in London and Los Angeles.

According to legal documents filed earlier this year, knowledge of his behaviour was so widespread that employees at The Weinstein Company were tasked with preparing a room for Weinstein’s sexual encounters, cleaning it up afterwards and returning items of clothing to women who had left them behind.

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