Harvey Weinstein ‘Didn’t Invent The Casting Couch,’ Says His Lawyer

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Harvey Weinstein made no comment as he walked into a police station in New York

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Harvey Weinstein surrendered to authorities in New York City on Friday to face rape and sex crime-related charges against two women.

Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein, accused by over 60 women of sexual harassment, on 25 May surrendered to police here to face charges of sexual misconduct.

Evans' allegations added to those of dozens of other women, who claimed that Weinstein had engaged in a vast range of sexual misconduct dating back almost four decades, ranging from inappropriate touching to incidents of rape.

On Thursday, the Times reported that the criminal sex act charge Weinstein is now facing is in connection with his alleged assault of Lucia Evans, who told the New Yorker that she met Weinstein for what she thought was a casting meeting at a Miramax office in Manhattan.

Mr Brafman, one of the most experienced and aggressive trial lawyers in NY, said he meant to cross-examine the women who had accused Weinstein and that a 12-person jury would find him not guilty - if a "fair-minded" jury could be assembled.

His next court appearance is July 30, when he'll likely learn if he's been indicted.

His defense attorney Benjamin Brafman told reporters that Weinstein would enter a not guilty plea.

"The charges will not be believed by 12 people, assuming we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case", he said. Asia Argento, who said Weinstein sexually assaulted her, said on Friday: "We, the women, finally have real hope for justice".

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The statement thanked "these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".

His wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, left him soon after the allegations surfaced, with police criminal investigations ongoing in London, Los Angeles and NY.

"Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell".

The actress Rose McGowan, who accused Mr Weinstein of rape, told the media that it was an "amazing day for his survivors".

The rape charge relates to a woman who has not spoken publicly or been identified, according to the official.

"Your honor, the defendant is before the court charged with two violent B felonies for two separate violent sexual assaults against two women", said top Manhattan prosecutor Joan Illuzzi. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex. He is allowed only in the states of NY and CT. The number increased further in another investigation by Ronan Farrow for the New Yorker. "Twenty years ago, I swore that I would right this wrong". She also applauded the women who came forward.

The MeToo movement in Hollywood began with several women from the U.S. film industry speaking out against sexual assault made by Weinstein.

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