Harvey Weinstein Posts $1 Million Bail

The media mogul surrendered to face felony sex crime charges.

Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself In After Sex Assault Investigation In NYCAfter turning himself in to the New York City Police Department’s First Precinct early Friday morning he was served with criminal charges by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

Weinstein, 66, was charged with rape, criminal sex act, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct for cases involving two women.

“This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually,” the prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi, said as she read the charges in New York Criminal Court.

Weinstein attorney Benjamin Brafman said Friday that he plans to plead not guilty, and his legal team will fight to dismiss 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.”

Brafman added Weinstein is “confident that he will be fully exonerated.”

Weinstein was charged with three felonies — rape in the first degree, rape in the third degree and a criminal sexual act in the first degree — “for forcible sexual acts against two women in 2013 and 2004, respectively,” the office of Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney said.

After his arraignment on Friday, Weinstein posted $1 million bail and surrendered his passport. He will wear an electronic monitoring device at all times and face other travel restrictions.

“Today’s charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation,” Vance said in a statement after the arraignment. “I thank the brave survivors who have come forward and my office’s prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation.” Vance also urged other survivors to contact them.

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