What is Harvey Weinstein charged with - and what happens next?


Actress Rose McGowan, one of the first women to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein, has issued a three-word message to the disgraced film producer, following his arrest.

The charges stem from encounters with two of the dozens of women - some famous, some not - who have accused him of sexual misdeeds.

"We believe they (the charges) are constitutionally flawed, we believe they are not factually supported by the evidence, and we believe that at the end of the process, Mr. Weinstein will be exonerated". Weinstein raised his eyebrows as he heard it.

This morning, Harvey Weinstein arrived at the 1st precinct police station in New York City to turn himself in to face charges of rape and sex abuse. Reps for Weinstein have consistently denied that he has ever engaged in non-consensual sex. Weinstein surrendered his USA passport and agreed to wear a monitoring device that tracks his location, confining him to the states of NY and CT.

Argento recently made headlines at the Cannes Film Festival last week when she condemned Weinstein ahead of an award presentation. But most importantly we know who you are.

He pleaded not guilty to charges of first- and third-degree rape and committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree at his arraignment. Evans, a former college student and aspiring actress, says she was forced to perform oral sex on Weinstein in 2004 despite repeatedly telling him "no". She was among the first women to speak out about the producer. Morgan Freeman is just the latest name added to the list of more than 200 people who are not just celebrities, but politicians and CEOs. A court complaint says Weinstein confined her in a Manhattan hotel room and raped her in 2013.

Evans confirmed to The New Yorker that she was pressing charges. "At a certain point, you have to think about the greater good of humanity, of womankind". I told you we'd be coming. "I tried to get away, but maybe I didn't try hard enough".

"I'll get to sit there and I'll get to look at him", she continued.

The charges followed a months-long investigation that involved the Manhattan district attorney's office.

Louisette Geiss, another of Weinstein's accusers, tweeted that it was about time.

There are open criminal investigations into Weinstein's conduct in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and London, and reports of probable coordination at some level between detectives. Several actresses and models accused him of criminal sexual assaults, but numerous encounters happened too long ago for any prosecution.

"The justice system has been something very elusive", McGowan said. Because it's all true.

She said she felt "relief" that he had been arrested, adding, "He should be in jail".

The statute of limitations for rape and certain other sex crimes in NY was eliminated in 2006, but not for attacks that happened prior to 2001.

More than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault in alleged incidents that span several decades.

Major figures in media and politics have lost their jobs or had their reputations tarnished by allegations that they subjected women to unwanted advances or outright assaults. Britain has no statute of limits on rape cases; some of the allegations under investigation there date to the 1980s.

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".