Harvey Weinstein charged with 4 sex offenses, ordered not to leave New York or Connecticut

Harvey Weinstein arriving at a police precinct in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood in Manhattan on Friday.

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Harvey Weinstein arriving at a police precinct in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood in Manhattan on Friday.
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  • Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to the New York police on Friday.
  • He has been charged with rape, criminal sex conduct act, sex abuse, and sexual misconduct against two women, the New York Police Department said.
  • A judge has ordered him to pay $1 million in cash, wear a electronic monitor, and surrender his passport.
  • Weinstein appeared to be smiling as he entered and left the police precinct.
  • The Hollywood producer stands accused by more than 70 women of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some of the accusations going back decades.
  • The accusations gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men of misconduct.

Harvey Weinstein has been charged with at least four sex-related offenses after turning himself in to the New York police on Friday.

The Hollywood producer was charged with rape, criminal sex conduct act, sex abuse, and sexual misconduct in relation to incidents involving two women, a New York Police Department spokesman told Business Insider.

He agreed to pay $1 million in cash as part of a prenegotiated bail package, with a Manhattan judge also ordering him to wear an electronic monitor and surrender his passport. He is allowed only in the states of New York and Connecticut.

He turned himself in at a police precinct in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood in Manhattan early Friday morning, carrying books including “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution.”

He left in handcuffs to go to court about an hour later, appearing to be smiling. He did not respond when a woman shouted: “Why are you smiling, Harvey?”

Weinstein stands accused by more than 70 women of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some of the accusations going back decades.

The accusations, first reported by The New York Times and The New Yorker last year, gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government, and entertainment of misconduct.

The New York police said in its statement: “The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice.”

This is the first criminal case brought against him since the accusations surfaced in October.

Weinstein has previously denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. His attorney told reporters outside court that Weinstein intended to plead not guilty to all four charges announced Friday.

Reuters contributed reporting.