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Disgraced film director Harvey Weinstein has surrendered himself to New York police authorities on multiple charges after dozens of sexual abuse allegations against him surfaced in late 2017.

The allegations were originally reported by The New York Times and the New Yorker. 

The New York Police Department said in a statement that Weinstein has been charged with rape, sexual misconduct, sexual abuse, and the criminal sex act against two separate women.

Weinstein faces the criminal sex act charge after former aspiring actor Lucie Evans told the New Yorker that he forced her to perform oral sex on him during a daytime cast meeting in 2004 for a potential film and television series.

Evans was one of the first women to speak out against the 66-year-old.

The victim of the rape case has not been publicly identified.

Weinstein’s bail is expected to be set at USD$2 million. Part of the bail includes an ankle device and Weinstein has surrendered his passport.

Earlier today, The Times reported from law enforcement officials that Weinstein was to surrender himself Friday morning and expected to be charged. These charges come after months of investigation by officials including the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

More than 70 women have accused the former Hollywood mogul of sexual misconduct, sparking the significant and global #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. The women who have come forward include actors, former aspiring actors, and employees of Weinstein’s former production company.

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Source: The New York Times
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