The Washington Post

Harvey Weinstein,

Charges reportedly related to accusation­s by at least one woman

- BY ELAHE IZADI

the disgraced movie mogul, is expected to turn himself in to authoritie­s to face criminal charges.

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to authoritie­s in Manhattan on Friday to face criminal charges, several media outlets reported on Thursday.

The developmen­t, first reported by New York Daily News and confirmed by the New York Times, Deadline and others, comes months after Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office reportedly launched an investigat­ion into allegation­s of sexual assault.

The exact charges, expected Friday, are still unclear, but multiple reports say they will relate to accusation­s from at least one woman, Lucia Evans, who said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004, as detailed in an October story in the New Yorker.

In November, New York police officials said the accusation­s made by actress Paz de la Huerta, including that Weinstein raped her twice in 2010, were “credible.”

“We have an actual case here,” said Robert Boyce, chief of detectives for the New York City Police Department.

A spokesman for the Manhattan district attorney’s office declined to comment Thursday afternoon.

Weinstein had been a powerful force in the entertainm­ent world until last year’s series of investigat­ive stories from the Times and the New Yorker that detailed accusation­s of sexual misconduct made by several women.

Since then, scores more have come forward to claim that Weinstein used his status to sexually assault and harass them. The revelation­s sparked a broader reckoning with sexism in Hollywood that has since touched other industries.

Authoritie­s in several cities have also launched criminal investigat­ions into Weinstein, including in Beverly Hills, Calif., Los Angeles and London.

Federal prosecutor­s have also started an investigat­ion into the sexual-abuse allegation­s, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Weinstein attorney Benjamin Brafman said in a court filing that Weinstein was the “principal target” of a federal probe. He also wrote that Weinstein “did not knowingly violate the law” and the allegation­s that Weinstein forced himself on women are “entirely without merit,” the Associated Press reported.

Brafman did not immediatel­y return The Washington Post’s request for comment.

 ?? CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVISION/ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Harvey Weinstein is the focus of a federal probe, his lawyer says.
CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVISION/ASSOCIATED PRESS Harvey Weinstein is the focus of a federal probe, his lawyer says.

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