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Harvey Weinstein ‘to be charged’ over sexual misconduct allegations

Harvey Weinstein is expected to be arrested and charged with offences related to sexual misconduct as early as Friday.

The movie mogul was set to surrender to authorities in New York.

He is expected to face charges related to accusations by at least one woman following an incident in 2004, the New York Daily News reported.

Dozens of women have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault in recent months.

He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

The movie mogul has been investigated by British and US police, but has not yet been charged with any crime

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A grand jury was convened weeks ago.  It followed a months-long investigation, including by the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

Benjamin Brafman, a lawyer for Weinstein, declined to comment.

Weinstein will be charged over an allegation by at least one accuser, Lucia Evans, a former aspiring actress, the New York Daily News reported.

The New York Police Department and the Manhattan district attorney’s office declined to confirm the reports.

More than 70 women have accused the co-founder of the Miramax studio and The Weinstein Co with sexual misconduct including rape, allegations that gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment.

Ashley Judd, the actress, last month sued Weinstein, saying that he cost her a part in 1998 for the film “The Lord of the Rings” after she rejected his sexual advances, allegations that Weinstein has denied.

Salma Hayek is one actress who has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct 

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Other prominent actresses who have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct include Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek. 

The twice-married father of five has been investigated by British and US police, but has not yet been charged with any crime.

Article Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/24/harvey-weinstein-charged-sexual-misconduct-allegations/

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