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Harvey Weinstein Has Finally Been Arrested And Charged

His charges include rape, sexual misconduct, and sex abuse.
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After a slew of allegations and news stories accusing him of sexual misconduct, Harvey Weinstein surrendered himself to the New York Police Department (NYPD) on Friday morning and was arrested shortly after arriving at the precinct.

On Thursday, May 24, reports suggested that the NYPD had gathered enough evidence to arrest him, and speculated that he would turn himself in on Friday. According to a statement from the NYPD, Weinstein was charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse, and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two different women. "The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice," the statement reads.

CNN reports that his bail is expected to be set at $2 million. Weinstein is also facing investigations in London and Los Angeles, though charges have not yet been filed in either of those cities. 

Weinstein has continued to deny allegations of "non-consensual sex" via his legal team, but he did issue an apology for his behavior in October 2017. "I came of age in the '60s and '70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different," he said, after The New York Times published their initial report. "That was the culture then."

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Several days later, The New Yorker published another story about Weinstein's behavior, and the onslaught of allegations against him continued throughout the rest of 2017. He has been accused of misconduct by a long list of women, including Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lupita Nyong'o, Ashley Judd, and Rose McGowan. Watch a video of Weinstein arriving at the precinct below.

Update on May 25, 10:57 a.m. (New York): According to Reuters, Judge Kevin McGrath ordered Weinstein released on $1 million cash bail at his arraignment on Friday. Weinstein was ordered to wear a monitoring device that tracks his location and to surrender his passport.

"This defendant used his position, money, and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually," prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said during the arraignment.

Benjamin Brafman, Weinstein's lawyer, said Weinstein plans to plead not guilty to the charges. "Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone," Brafman said in a statement. "Nothing about today's proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein's position. He has entered a plea of not guilty and fully expects to be exonerated."

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