Celebrities react to Harvey Weinstein's arrest

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London's Metropolitan Police have said they are investigating an allegation of sexual assault against Weinstein, while prosecutors in Los Angeles said in February they were reviewing three accusations of sexual assault against him. The Hollywood producer left the Manhattan courthouse through a back door.

The arrest ended months of speculation over whether the famed producer would face criminal charges following decades of alleged sexual misconduct.

Weinstein was charged in NY on Friday with rape and a criminal sex act in attacks on 2 women.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance had been under enormous public pressure to bring a criminal case against Weinstein.

"It was always my fault for not stopping him", she said.

Godbold, 55, who runs a trauma-training NGO in Los Angeles, recalled two confrontations in 1991 with Weinstein, in NY and Los Angeles, where he allegedly exposed himself to her. Evans, who said she repeatedly told the Hollywood mogul to stop, was a Middlebury College student at the time.

The rape charge relates to a woman who has not spoken publicly or been identified, according to the official, who wasn't authorized to discuss the case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Judge Kevin McGrath ordered Weinstein released on US$1 million cash bail.

"Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood", the attorney said.

The charges might not be the only ones Weinstein faces.

Below is the full transcript of Benjamin Brafman's remarks to the media. We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges. We believe that they are not factually supported by the evidence, and we believe that, by the end of the process, Mr. Weinstein will be exonerated.

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McGowan told the AP on Thursday that she is gratified but "still in shock" that Weinstein was expected to surrender.

Weinstein appeared pale, and stood next to Mr Brafman, staring into the middle distance while prosecutors described a bail agreement. He has vehemently denied any allegations which suggest he engaged in non-consensual sexual activity. Twenty years ago, I swore that I would right this wrong. At the Beverly Hills Hotel, Godbold claimed that Weinstein "asked me for a massage and presented himself naked and then tried to massage me".

People don't get convicted based on accusations.

"I hope in this case, it works".

A personification of the #MeToo movement, the Harvey Weinstein saga has, since its very beginning, been rife with controversy.

According to the Times, what can be considered methodical abuse of women, was a carefully and meticulously designed apparatus, which included journalist, talent agencies, and influence peddling.

Days after Mrs. Clinton's election loss, Hillary and her husband Bill had dinner with Weinsten.

Godbold, now 55, said her cell phone lit up with messages from other alleged victims with Friday's developments, and "We're all elated".

Deponent further states that he is informed by a second person known to the District Attorney's Office that on March 18, 2013, in the morning hours at 569 Lexington Avenue, in the County and State of NY, defendant kept informant physically against her will in a room and engaged in sexual intercourse with informant by forcible compulsion, to wit, defendant penetrated informant's vagina with his penis and, at the time of the incident informant had clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act.

Officers later escorted Weinstein from the police station to a courtroom, where he entered wearing handcuffs for arraignment.

Other women who have publicly accused Weinstein of criminal sexual assaults include actress Rose McGowan, who said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah; "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra, who said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992, and Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe, who said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008.

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