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Harvey Weinstein to surrender to police

Harvey Weinstein to surrender to police

BBC: Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to New York police on Friday on sexual misconduct charges, US media report.

He faces arrest following a grand jury investigation, the reports say.

He has been hit with numerous allegations, including rape and sexual assault, but has denied non-consensual sex with anyone.

It would be the first time Weinstein has been charged since the accusations emerged.

The allegations triggered the #MeToo movement which sought to demonstrate and draw attention to the widespread prevalence of sexual abuse and harassment.

What will Weinstein be charged with?

The charges will stem from an investigation made by a Manhattan grand jury. They have not been made official and the indictment depends on district attorney Cyrus Vance. The New York Times reports that some of the charges relate to an allegation brought by actress Lucia Evans.

She detailed her accusations against Weinstein in an article in the New Yorker in October last year.

It is not clear if he will face more charges brought by other accusers.

It is known that New York police have been investigating allegations of rape made by actress Paz de la Huerta.

And this month Netflix producer Alexandra Canosa filed court papers in New York alleging Weinstein raped, sexually assaulted and verbally abused her over a five-year period.

The statute of limitations will be an issue in some cases but it is not thought to apply in the Evans case. Even if the limitations apply, a judge could still call women to testify to establish a pattern of behaviour, as in the recent trial of actor Bill Cosby.

Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, has not commented on reports that his client will imminently turn himself in.

The Times said Weinstein would surrender on Friday morning and be arraigned at Manhattan Criminal Court.

Who else has accused Weinstein? 

The Hollywood mogul has faced accusations of sexual harassment and assault from dozens of women. Some have alleged rape.

Actresses Kate Beckinsale, Lysette Anthony and Gwyneth Paltrow are among the high-profile figures to have spoken out.

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