Harvey Weinstein Charged With Rape Following New York Arrest

 Harvey Weinstein Charged With Rape Following New York Arrest

Former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has been charged in New York with rape and several counts of sexual abuse stemming from two separate accusers.

Mr Weinstein turned himself in to police in the city earlier in the day.

Dozens of women have made allegations against the 66 year old, including rape and sexual assault, and giving rise to the #MeToo movement.

Mr Weinstein has denied committing any non-consensual sex acts. He is now out on bail, wearing a monitoring device.

He arrived at the police station in lower Manhattan at 07:30 (12:30 BST), carrying three books. He was later was photographed smiling as he was escorted out the station in handcuffs.

A statement from the New York Police Department said Mr Weinstein “was arrested, processed and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women”.

The statement thanked “these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice”. Details of the allegations and of those making the accusations have not yet been officially released.

Former actress Lucia Evans, who said Weinstein forced her into oral sex in 2004, is thought to be one of the women whose cases triggered the charges.

The allegations against the former film mogul triggered the #MeToo movement, which sought to demonstrate and draw attention to the widespread prevalence of sexual abuse and harassment.

Tolani Giwa

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