DISGRACED Hollywood Star Surrenders To NY Authorities Today

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Disgraced Hollywood star, Harvey Weinstein, is expected to turn himself in to New York police on today to face sex crime charges, nearly eight months after his career imploded in a blaze of assault accusations and triggered the global #MeToo movement.

US media reported that the former powerbroker — once the toast of Hollywood, with his films winning scores of Oscars — had been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury.

The New York Post said he would surrender to police, where he would likely have his mugshot and fingerprints taken, before being taken to a Manhattan court, where experts predicted he would plead not guilty.

Weinstein will put up $1 million in cash and will agree to wear a monitoring device, according to the New York Times. His travel will be restricted and he will surrender his passport.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office and New York police have investigated Weinstein for months, coming under growing pressure from the Time’s Up movement to bring the disgraced producer to justice.

Any court appearance on Friday would mark the first criminal charges filed against the twice-married, shamed former studio boss.

CNN, citing an unnamed source, reported Thursday evening that Weinstein would be charged with raping a woman and forcing another to perform oral sex on him.

The New York Times and New York Daily News had earlier reported the charges against Weinstein would relate to at least one accuser, Lucia Evans, who said he forced her into oral sex in 2004.

Ben Brafman, Weinstein’s powerful defense attorney, declined to comment Thursday. Neither the district attorney’s office nor the police department immediately responded to requests to comment.

Police have, however, previously confirmed an active Weinstein investigation regarding Evans, who was an aspiring actress at the time.

New York police have also confirmed a credible rape allegation against Weinstein after “Boardwalk Empire” actress Paz de la Huerta accused him of raping her twice at her New York apartment in late 2010.

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. Women around the world came forward with similar cases of sexual mistreatment by men.

More than 100 women have since accused the 66-year-old of crimes ranging from sexual harassment to assault and rape going back 40 years.

 CREDIT: AFP

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