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More than 70 women have accused the co-founder of the Miramax film studio and Weinstein Co of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some allegations dating back decades.

Weinstein, 66, surrendered Friday at the New York City Police Department's 1st Precinct in Lower Manhattan.

Weinstein arrived at a NY police precinct holding Richard Schickel's biography of the late stage and film director Elia Kazan and Todd Purdum's Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution. Today the former producer surrendered for two of the allegations against him, and was released on $1 million cash bail.

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was charged Friday with counts of felony rape and committing a criminal sex act, stemming from cases involving two women, prosecutors said.

The New York police said in its statement: "The NYPD thanks these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice". Brafman also has said that Weinstein was a "principal target" of an investigation being conducted by the USA attorney's office in Manhattan.

Weinstein has consistently denied all charges of wrongdoing against him, claiming that these sexual incidents were all consensual.

"People are so sad, and they are so sick of it", McGowan said of the many other powerful men who have faced sexual misconduct allegations since Weinstein's downfall.

Weinstein is expected to be charged with raping one woman and forcing another to perform oral sex on him, the Times reported, citing unidentified law enforcement officials.

'Today, Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell, ' actress Asia Argento said.

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After surrendering to NY police Friday morning, a handcuffed Weinstein entered a Manhattan courthouse where he gave up his passport and agreed to wear an ankle monitor, Variety magazine reports.

Brafman said in a May court filing that federal prosecutors in NY had opened a separate criminal investigation into the allegations.

"We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you". The NYPD is also looking into an accusation by another woman who said he assaulted her in her apartment eight years ago. "I think, if anything, we have contributed to victims finally being believed".

Weinstein has a habit of carrying whatever he happens to be reading under his arm, whether it be a newspaper, book or file so it's not unusual for him to show off his reading list.

The unravelling of Weinstein's predatory past began with news reports outlining his history of sexual misconduct with women, which prompted social media outrage and protests that have since spread far beyond Hollywood.

Asked about the raft of other allegations against Weinstein, Brafman said the case was a question of crime, not bad behaviour.

The complaint says that Weinstein had sexual intercourse with the woman, and that she "had clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act".

The statute of limitations for rape and certain other sex crimes in NY was eliminated in 2006, but not for attacks that happened prior to 2001.