Harvey Weinstein turns himself in on sex crime charges

The Manhattan District Attorney and NYPD have been investigating sexual misconduct allegations against him

Harvey Weinstein has surrendered himself to a New York police station to face sexual misconduct charges.

Weinstein arrived at the New York Police Department’s 1st Precinct at around 7.25am wearing a dark jacket over a white shirt and light blue jumper, and dark jeans.

Smiling at the press as he left a chauffeur driven car, Weinstein carried three thick books, with one believed to be the biography of director Elia Kazani, responsible for films such as A Streetcar Named Desire and On The Waterfront.

 Another of the books appeared to be Something Wonderful by Todd S. Purdum, about the work of Broadway composers Rodgers and Hammerstein.

The Hollywood producer became the subject of a scandal when multiple women from the film and entertainment industry accused him of sexual misconduct. Weinstein has previously “unequivocally denied” all allegations.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office and the NYPD have been investigating Weinstein in relation to some of those claims, including one from Lucia Evans in which she alleged he forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004. According to the New York Daily News, the former movie mogul is expected to surrender himself to authorities to face charges.

arvey Weinstein arrives at New York Police Department to surrender in sexual misconduct investigation (Getty)

Two law enforcement officials told the New York Times that police had been preparing to arrest Weinstein tomorrow. Weinstein’s attorney Benjamin Brafman declined to comment on the reports.

Earlier this year, it was reported that the allegations against Weinstein now date back to the 1970s. He was sacked from the board of The Weinstein Company last year after initial accusations were made public.

Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, Cara Delevingne, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Angelina Jolie are among those who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

In October 2017, a spokeswoman for Weinstein said: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein… Mr Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual.”

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