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Harvey Weinstein, seen earlier Friday morning, walks into the Manhattan police station flanked by law enforcement and surrounded by members of the media.

Film mogul Harvey Weinstein appeared in handcuffs in a NY court on Friday to face charges of rape and other sex crimes against two of the scores of women who have accused him of misconduct, ending his reign as a Hollywood kingpin.

He turned himself into a NY police station before being charged with first and third degree rape in 2013, seemingly in a Midtown Manhattan hotel, and a criminal sex act in the first degree in 2004.

For at least some of the dozens of women who came forward in recent months to accuse Weinstein of alleged sexual assault or misconduct, this is a day they have been waiting for. The news came seven months after he was first accused of sexual harassment and assault in back-to-back exposés published by The New York Times and The New Yorker.

"I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, ' " she told the publication, adding that in the end, "He's a big guy".

Weinstein's attorney, Ben Brafman, released a statement to ET following the arraignment, which reads: "Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone". Facing a jail bond of $10 million, he reportedly paid $1 million in the form of a cashier's check to post bail.

Weinstein also surrendered his passport and agreed to stay within the states of NY and CT. Brafman also has said that Weinstein was a "principal target" of an investigation being conducted by the US attorney's office in Manhattan. His attorney told reporters outside court that Weinstein meant to plead not guilty to all four charges announced Friday.

Outside court on Friday, the attorney said Weinstein vehemently denied the charges and would fight to get them dismissed.

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The Manhattan district attorney's office and NY police have investigated Harvey Weinstein for months, coming under growing pressure from the Time's Up movement to bring the disgraced producer to justice.

First, we saw him arriving to be booked at the NYPD's first precinct in Manhattan, just as any other ordinary alleged criminal would be. However, she admitted that it was still a "very good feeling". "I think he is conscious of those considerations and will be able to strike the right tone", said Lefcourt.

Until the public accusations, Weinstein was among the most influential people in the American film industry. He has been expelled by the Oscar-awarding Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and sacked by his own studio, The Weinstein Company, which has since filed for bankruptcy. More than 90 women have since come forward with additional allegations.

Evans, now a marketing consultant, told The New Yorker that Weinstein approached her in a club in 2004 and that an assistant subsequently set up a daytime meeting at the Miramax office in Tribeca. Since Weinstein was sacked from his now-bankrupt company in October, dozens of high-profile men in the entertainment and news media industries, among other sectors, have been fired or forced to resign following allegations of misconduct.

Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer and Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman both declined to comment. If they find evidence of that Weinstein could face federal charges.

More than 75 woman have accused him of wrongdoing. It was unclear whether prosecutors would seek to have other Weinstein accusers testify against him in court.

The identity of one of the women whose accusations prompted the charges was confirmed by her lawyer on Friday.

Anthony Bourdain, who is dating Argento, also reacted to Weinstein's arrest on social media.


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