Embattled movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was expected to surrender himself to the NYPD on Friday, according to published reports. This comes months after he was extricated from Hollywood’s glitterati set by countless women who accused him of sexual assault and intimidation.
Weinstein’s spokesman Juda Engelmayer and Weinstein’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman both declined to comment. The charging of Weinstein, which was first reported by the New York Daily News, follows a months-long investigation, including by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, according to a wire service report.
Weinstein, who is the co-founder of the Miramax Studio and the eponymously named Weinstein Company, has been accused by more than 70 women of engaging in routine sexual misconduct over the decades with such charges of rape being leveled against him.
The scurrilous allegations were first reported last year by investigative journalist Ronan Farrow of the New Yorker magazine. As a result of the shocking reportage on Weinstein, the deluge of sex harassment charges that helped in the almost spontaneous creation of the #MeToo movement. It was there that hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment.
A former fixture in the most elite entertainment circles of Manhattan and Los Angeles, Weinstein has since been seen spending time in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the New York Times said he had been seeking treatment for sex addiction.
Actor Ashley Judd last month sued Weinstein, saying that he cost her a part in 1998 for the film “The Lord of the Rings” after she rejected his sexual advances, charges that Weinstein has denied.
Brafman, Weinstein’s lawyer, is known for representing high-profile criminal defendants, including pop star Michael Jackson and Martin Shkreli, the former drug company executive.
In 2011, Brafman represented Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, over charges, which were eventually dropped, that he sexually assaulted a New York City hotel maid.