Weinstein accusers Rose McGowan, Asia Argento respond to arrest: ‘We got you’

Harvey Weinstein co-chairman and co-founder of Weinstein Co. attends the second day of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference

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Rose McGowan, one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, can't believe he's finally being charged with rape.

The criminal sex act charge relates to a 2004 meeting between Weinstein and Lucia Evans, who was a new, young actor at the time.

Weinstein arrived at the 1st Precinct in Manhattan in NY early Friday to turn himself in.

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".

A judge has ordered him to pay $1 million in cash, wear a electronic monitor, and surrender his passport.

Rose McGowan tweeted those words on Friday morning as Weinstein, the now-disgraced Hollywood movie mogul, was arrested on charges of rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse, and sexual misconduct. "I thank the fearless survivors who have come forward, and my Office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation".

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"Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein".

Since the allegations broke a year ago, more than 80 women have come forward to share their stories of abuse at the hands of one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. Weinstein may have wanted to have sex, but didn't assume from the get-go he would have to rape the woman.

Mr Brafman, one of the most experienced and aggressive trial lawyers in NY, said he meant to cross-examine the women who had accused Weinstein and that a 12-person jury would find him not guilty - if a "fair-minded" jury could be assembled.

Mr Weinstein, 66, also agreed to wear a Global Positioning System tracker and to surrender his passport after turning himself in to police on Friday.

The investigation is being run by the U.S. District Attorney's Office in the Southern District of NY.

Mr Weinstein was sacked previous year from his production firm, the Weinstein Company, which later filed for bankruptcy.

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He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

"I represent many accusers of Harvey Weinstein, both in lawsuits and in claims in bankruptcy court". Weinstein's attorney Benjamin Brafman stated in a news conference that they, "intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges".

Last month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wrote a letter ordering the state attorney general to investigate how Vance and the NYPD handled sexual assault allegations, including the 2015 accusations against Weinstein.

The new cases which are brought to light every day would not have been possible without the seeds sown by #MeToo, however, they are also suggestive of the continued and widespread prevalence of sexual abuse and harassment against women in all walks of life.

Asked about the raft of other allegations against Weinstein, Mr Brafman said the case was a question of crime, not bad behavior.

He remains under investigation for alleged sex crimes in Los Angeles and London. - Ronan Farrow, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Weinstein coverage in The New Yorker, on CNN.

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The identity of one of the women whose accusations prompted the charges was confirmed by her lawyer on Friday.

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