NEW YORK (CBS News) — Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to authorities on Friday in New York to face charges stemming from an investigation by the Manhattan district attorney’s office into allegations of sexual abuse. The Manhattan DA’s probe has been going on for months, and federal authorities have been investigating Weinstein since at least January.

Weinstein, 66, stepped from a black SUV wearing a blazer and carrying books under his arm, and lumbered into a Manhattan police station before a crowd of news cameras. He didn’t respond to shouts of “Harvey!”

Weinstein was charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two women, New York police said in a statement.

“The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice,” the statement said.

The former powerhouse movie producer stared grimly as he appeared later in a Manhattan court. He agreed to post $1 million cash bail, wear an electronic monitor and not travel beyond New York and Connecticut.

Weinstein didn’t enter a plea. That’s common at this stage in a criminal case in New York.

The police didn’t identify the women involved in the incidents.

Actress Lucia Evans told investigators that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Miramax office in Manhattan in 2004. At the time, Evans, who was a college student who aspired to be an actress, 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,” she told the magazine.

Evans told The New Yorker in a story published in October that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a daytime meeting at his New York office in 2004, the summer before her senior year at Middlebury College.

“I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,'” she told the magazine. “I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.”

Evans, who is now a marketing consultant, didn’t report the encounter to police at the time, telling The New Yorker that she blamed herself for not fighting back.

Harvey Weinstein appears at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday, May 25, 2018. (Photo credit: Jefferson Siegel-Pool via Getty Images)

“It was always my fault for not stopping him,” she said.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance had been under enormous public pressure to bring a criminal case against Weinstein. Some women’s groups, including the Hollywood activist group Time’s Up, accused the Democrat of being too deferential to Weinstein and too dismissive of his accusers.

A grand jury has been hearing evidence in the case for weeks.

In March, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the extraordinary step of ordering the state’s attorney general to investigate whether Vance acted properly in 2015 when he decided not to prosecute Weinstein over a previous allegation of unwanted groping, made by an Italian model. That investigation is in its preliminary stages.

More than 75 women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing around the globe. Several actresses and models accused him of criminal sexual assaults, but many of the encounters happened too long ago for any prosecution. Film actress Rose McGowan said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah, “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra said he raped her in her New York apartment in 1992 and Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008.

On NBC, McGowan told Megyn Kelly how she felt seeing Weinstein being led out of the police precinct after his arrest.

“To see him in cuffs on the way out … it’s a very good feeling,” McGowan said. “I actually didn’t believe this day would come.”

On Friday evening, KCAL9’s Christopher Holstrom spoke to Ashley Matthau. daughter-in-law to the late great actor Walter Matthau.

She was relieved that Weinstein was finally charged. She alleges that Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 2004.

She also made her feelings known on Twitter.

She was joined on social media by other alleged victims, including Asia Argento.

 

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

New York City police detectives said in early November that they were investigating allegations by another accuser, “Boardwalk Empire” actress Paz de La Huerta, who told police in October that Weinstein raped her twice in 2010. She is not one of the victims in the case on Friday; hers was still pending, officials said.

Authorities in California and London also are investigating assault allegations. 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.” The Weinstein Co. found success with Oscar winners “The Artist” and “The King’s Speech.”

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