Weinstein surrenders to police to face sex charges

Weinstein surrenders to police to face sex charges
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Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to police on Friday morning in New York amid allegations of sexual assault. 

Weinstein, 66, arrived at a police station in a black SUV, wearing a jacket and carrying a few books. He is expected to be charged with rape, CNN reported

The news network also reported that his bond is expected to be set at $2 million.

He left the police station under arrest and in handcuffs, Variety reported. He is expected to be formally arraigned later on Friday.

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According to The Associated Press, the case against Weinstein includes allegations from a woman who accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex during a meeting in his office in 2004.

Weinstein's surrender to police was a significant development in the case against the film producer who was among the first powerful men to have accusations of sexual misconduct in the workplace brought against him in the "Me Too" movement last year.

Numerous women, including several celebrities, have come forward with allegations that Weinstein repeatedly engaged in unwanted, inappropriate and aggressive sexual behavior. Among the accusations are allegations of rape.

Media reports detailing the allegations against Weinstein touched off a series of public allegations against and revelations about sexual misconduct by a number of powerful men in politics, business, media and other industries. 

Subsequent reports about Weinstein detailed how he leveraged his wealth and influence for years to cover up the alleged misconduct and quash news stories that sought to expose the allegations, which were regarded as a kind of open secret in the entertainment industry.

Updated 9:09 a.m.