Former American film producer Harvey Weinstein was arrested and charged over sexual abuse

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He was handcuffed and escorted to a courthouse. In a Manhattan court he agreed to post US$1 million cash bail, wear an electronic monitor and not travel beyond New York and Connecticut. “Today, at the NYPD’s 1st Precinct, Harvey Weinstein was arrested, processed and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women,” a police statement announced.

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Harvey in police custody

More than 70 women have accused the co-founder of the Miramax film studio and Weinstein Co of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some allegations dating back decades. Weinstein has denied all accusations of non-consensual sex. Lucia Evans  was among the first to speak out about the film producer linked to an incident in 2004.  An official says the charges are likely to include one other victim who has not spoken publicly. Harvey Weinstein, twice married, is a father of five. He was in treatment for sex addiction. His career went down last October over sexual abuse allegations. Some of Weinstein’s most high profile accusers include Rose McGowan, Asia Argento, Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd. „We do not believe an indictment of Mr. Weinstein is imminent. A formal presentation will be made on Mr. Weinstein’s behalf in the appropriate course of the investigation, and we strongly believe we will demonstrate that no criminal charges are warranted,’ his representative said last year.

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