Rose McGowan cheers Harvey Weinstein's impending arrest


Weinstein, 66, once one of the most powerful men in the American film industry, has agreed after months-long probe to surrender himself at a police precinct in Manhattan and will be arrested on a criminal complaint, the New York Times reported. Seven months after the allegations destroyed his career and catalyzed the #MeToo movement, the once-powerhouse movie producer turned himself in to face the charges, which stem from encounters with two of the dozens who have accused him of sexual misdeeds ranging from harassment to assault.

Weinstein will be charged with first-degree rape and third-degree rape in one case besides a first-degree criminal sex act in another where he forced a woman to perform oral sex on him, the report quoted law enforcement officials as saying.

Rose McGowan, one of first actresses in Hollywood to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault, said in a statement on Thursday at the news of his impending arrest that those alleged victims were now "one step closer to justice".

Police in Manhattan have also confirmed they had a credible rape allegation against Weinstein after "Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta accused him of raping her twice at her NY apartment in late 2010.

Weinstein denies any non-consensual sex and has reportedly been in treatment for sex addiction. "The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office", the NYPD said. He appeared pale, standing next to his lawyer Ben Brafman, while prosecutors described a bail arrangement.

Tarana Burke, the founder of the wider #MeToo movement triggered by accusations against Weinstein, told Hollywood trade publication Variety that the expected charges represent a shift in the movement to change how sexual violence is handled.

Weinstein will put up $1 million in cash and will agree to wear a monitoring device, according to the New York Times. He is allowed only in the states of NY and CT.

"I feel shocked. I would say it's just so big", she told "GMA". "I tried to get away, but maybe I didn't try hard enough".

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Weinstein was expected to surrender on Friday morning, a person familiar with the case said. "I didn't want to kick him or fight him".

The two officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the investigation. The rape charge relates to a woman who was not identified.

"We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you", McGowan tweeted during Weinstein's arraignment.

"He forced me to perform oral sex on him", she said. Authorities in California and London also are investigating assault allegations.

Brafman's past clients include former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who ultimately escaped criminal prosecution for alleged sexual assault in 2011.

He co-founded Miramax, which has produced such Academy Award-winning films as Pulp Fiction, Chicago, The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love.

Earlier this year, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance was criticized for failing to bring a criminal case against him three years ago.

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