The Times' Mueller noted a 2015 undercover sting operation launched by New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and New York police, in which the producer was recorded admitting to groping an Italian actress.

Yet it was a 2004 meeting with actress Lucia Evans that stands at the center of the allegations Weinstein now faces in NY.

The mogul's career went down in flames last October over sexual assault allegations following bombshell articles in The New York Times and New Yorker, which sparked a sexual harassment watershed across the United States and won both outlets a Pulitzer.

Harvey Weinstein turns himself in to police at a station in Manhattan on Friday morning.

"This is the only movie Harvey Weinstein will be remembered for #perpwalk", Argento wrote.


Weinstein was understood to have had his mugshots and fingerprints taken at the station, close to his former Miramax office in Tribeca and the Manhattan townhouse he once shared with his estranged wife.

And when women or journalists threatened to publicize these claims, Weinstein allegedly sought to pay for their silence or intimidate them with threats and even a reported "army of spies" to press for their silence.

The criminal sex act charge stems from a 2004 encounter between Weinstein and Lucia Evans, a then-aspiring actress who told The New Yorker magazine he forced her to perform oral sex during a daytime meeting in his office. She says Weinstein made unwanted advances toward her on two occasions in 1991, in NY and Los Angeles.

Ms Evans' lawyer Carrie Goldberg said: "We are relieved and grateful that justice is coming, but we also mourn the cases where it didn't".

"I anticipate that women who made these allegations, when subjected to cross-examination, the charges will not be believed by 12 people, assuming we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that has overtaken this case", the attorney added.

"I can say this, the man who pinned me down had handcuffs on him today", she told NBC's Megyn Kelly in an interview shortly after the arrest.


Dozens of other big names in the entertainment industry have since been accused of sexual misconduct, including Louis CK, R. Kelly and most recently, Morgan Freeman.

Speaking outside court Weinstein's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said his client will plead not guilty, and called the charges against him "not factually supported".

Evans tells The New Yorker that she's pressing charges. He agreed to electronic monitoring and to stay within NY and CT.

The public allegations against Weinstein helped prompt a broad public furor about sexual misconduct.

The same woman approached Ben Wallace, a New York Times reporter, saying she had information about Weinstein.


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