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She added that seeing him in handcuffs, despite the fact he could be seen smiling, is "a very good feeling". His bail was set at $10 million, and he paid a $1 million cashiers check to post bail, while also surrendering his passport and agreeing to the judge that he would not travel outside of NY state and CT without permission from the judge, and also agreed to wear a Global Positioning System tracking device. Weinstein didn't enter a plea. His travel will be restricted to NY and CT.

Watching the stunning images of Harvey Weinstein walking into a courthouse Friday in handcuffs, a detective on each arm, Louisette Geiss still felt a shiver of fear in reaction to the man who, she says, once cornered her and tried to physically force her to watch him masturbate.

"These crimes are serious, sexual crimes that are being prosecuted against him".

A jury would not believe the women, Brafman said, "assuming we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case".

Scores of women have come forward to say Weinstein sexually abused and harassed them over the last three decades.

The New York charges filed against Weinstein mark the second high-profile prosecution of a once-powerful show business personality in the #MeToo era.

Weinstein was arrested and charged with rape and sexual assault stemming from cases involving two accusers whose crimes were within the statute of limitations.

She also told the Associated press that she hopes attending the trials will be therapeutic. This brought to light the extent of abuse of his powerful position within the film fraternity.

Actress Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of raping her at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, said she was "shocked".

The public allegations against Weinstein helped prompt a broad public reckoning about sexual misconduct.

"I hope that he is made accountable in a criminal case and that one day he will truly understand what the impact of his behavior has had on women, that has caused so many women unnecessary pain". "Because one win is a win for all of us", McGowan said.

There have also been plenty of pleased reactions on Twitter.

"Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell".

Harvey Weinstein is escorted into court, Friday, May 25, 2018, in NY.

However, they will know Mr Weinstein isn't going down without a fight.

The #MeToo movement has seen people around the world come forward with cases of sexual mistreatment, leading to the downfall of powerful men across industries, including double Oscar victor Kevin Spacey.

Weinstein's rep released a statement following the publication of the New Yorker expose, denying the accusations against him.

"Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", said District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

Harvey Weinstein's accusers are reacting to the Hollywood producer's arrest after turning himself in Friday morning.

The criminal sex act charge relates to a 2004 meeting between Weinstein and Lucia Evans, who was a new, young actor at the time.

The charges came following a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

The allegations, first reported by the New York Times and the New Yorker previous year, gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment. He must wear an ankle bracelet and can only travel within the NY or CT.