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Almost 100 women have now accused Weinstein of crimes ranging from sexual harassment to assault and rape going back decades.

According to the Times' Ben Mueller, one of the two women cited in the charges is actress Lucia Evans, who told her story to journalist Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker previous year.

Weinstein, a 66-year-old twice-married father of five, was charged with rape in the first and third degrees, stemming from an attack on a woman in 2013, and a criminal sex act against another woman in 2004.

Weinstein arrived at the 1st Precinct in Manhattan in NY early Friday to turn himself in.

Weinstein arrived at a NY police precinct holding Richard Schickel's biography of the late stage and film director Elia Kazan and Todd Purdum's Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution.

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In its statement, the New York Police Department thanked "these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice". "The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office", the statement continues.

Weinstein earlier turned himself in at a lower Manhattan police station around 7:25 a.m. EDT (1125 GMT).

Weinstein has consistently denied all charges of wrongdoing against him, claiming that these sexual incidents were all consensual.

Numerous women, including several celebrities, have come forward with allegations that Weinstein repeatedly engaged in unwanted, inappropriate and aggressive sexual behavior since reports of his serial misconduct first surfaced previous year.

These are the first criminal charges against Mr Weinstein, who already faces a raft of civil lawsuits.

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"I would point out what the women and certainly that New Yorker story that Lucia Evans was featured in accusing Harvey Weinstein was not the casting couch", Farrow said.

Weinstein posted $1 million bail and was released after turning in his passport and agreeing to wear a GPS-enabled monitoring device.

The investigation is being run by the U.S. District Attorney's Office in the Southern District of NY.

Being of a certain status and wealth, Shapray says it's inevitable Weinstein's fame will lead to different treatment as he faces charges.

Former "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra, who has said she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein in the 1990s, tweeted "Can't Wait!" followed by "Anyone know where I can get front row seats?"

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His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said Friday that he would fight to get the charges dismissed.

Authorities in California and London also are investigating assault allegations. Sivan alleged that more than a decade ago, Weinstein cornered her in the hallway of a NY restaurant and proceeded to masturbate in front of her, while he pleasured himself by a potted plant.

Harvey and his brother Bob Weinstein started his now-bankrupt company after leaving Miramax, the company they founded in 1979 and which became a powerhouse in '90s indie film with hits like "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love".

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