Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe

Harvey Weinstein at the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi UAE

It was the first time he has been since in public since the mountain of allegations from dozens of women - including some of Hollywood's biggest stars - were first reported previous year.

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself into authorities in Manhattan Friday to face criminal charges related to allegations of sexual misconduct.

"I am trying my very best to persuade both the federal and state prosecutors that he should not be arrested and or indicted, because he did not knowingly violate the law", attorney Benjamin Brafman wrote in the court filing.

The Hollywood film producer has "unequivocally denied" any allegations of non-consensual sex.

The charges are the result of a joint investigation between police and the Manhattan District Attorney's office. The movie producer surrendered to New York City police on Friday, months after he was toppled from Hollywood's most powerful ranks.

Harvey Weinstein has left a police station in handcuffs to head to court to face rape, criminal sex act and other charges.

London's Metropolitan Police have said they are investigating an allegation of sexual assault against Weinstein, while prosecutors in Los Angeles said in February they were reviewing three accusations of sexual assault against him.

Earlier on Friday morning Weinstein had turned himself over to police in NY to face the charges.

But that began to change past year when she spoke with investigative journalists about Weinstein.

Police set up a sting in which the woman recorded herself confronting Weinstein.

For some women, Weinstein's arrest Friday on rape and criminal sex act charges was a relief.

The statute of limitations for rape and certain other sex crimes in NY was eliminated in 2006, but not for attacks that happened prior to 2001.

Goldberg told The Associated Press that "we are relieved and grateful that justice is coming, but we also mourn the cases where it didn't".

His British fashion designer wife is divorcing him, his homes are being sold and he must now suffer the indignity of surrendering his passport and being fitted with a GBC monitor out on a $1 million cash bail.

Throughout much of a year ago, millions of American women resented that a man who'd bragged about sexually assaulting women had been elected president.

Scores of women have come to fore and accused the 66-year-old of a wide array of misconduct, which ranges from harassment to rape, over decades. He sought treatment for sex addiction at a facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, the New York Times reported.

"I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, ' " she told the magazine.

Vance - a Democrat who faced public pressure from women's groups to prosecute Weinstein this time - said Friday's charges "reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation".

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, whose case against Strauss-Kahn fell apart, has been heavily criticised for failing to bring a criminal case against Weinstein for allegedly groping and harassing Italian model Ambra Battilana.

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