Weinstein was charged with three felonies - rape in the first degree, rape in the third degree and a criminal sexual act in the first degree - "for forcible sexual acts against two women in 2013 and 2004, respectively", Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.'s office said Friday morning.
The case marks the first criminal charges against the Hollywood mogul after months of sexual abuse allegations from scores of women, which destroyed his career and catalysed the #MeToo movement. According to the New York Police Department, these charges are in relation to incidents involving two women in New York.
I have to admit I didn't think I would see the day that he would have handcuffs on him.
Weinstein has repeatedly denied accusations of non-consensual sex.
Weinstein's attorney Benjamin Brafman stated in a news conference that they, "intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges".
"Assuming we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case", he said. Creative Artists Agency, a major talent firm, has since said in a statement, "We apologize to any person the agency let down".
"Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood and to the extent that there is bad behavior in that industry, that is not what this is about".More news: Cash more effective than e-cigarettes at getting smokers to quit
Standing alongside his defense attorney, Weinstein looked glum during a brief arraignment, agreeing to post bail at $1 million cash, surrender his passport and be fitted with a Global Positioning System monitoring device.
FBN's David Asman on the NY Daily News report that Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities on Friday.
New York City police have also been investigating allegations by Boardwalk Empire actress Paz de la Huerta, who told police last fall that Weinstein raped her twice in 2010.
Weinstein walked in to the station carrying two books: Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum, and an autobiography of Elia Kazan.
Weinstein looked "scared and frail" in the holding cell, where he sat on the floor, a source said. Later, in a courthouse booking area, he complained he felt faint and his handcuffs were too tight.
Other nearby suspects in lock-up were stunned by Weinstein's presence.
The Queens native has produced and distributed some of the most well-known and acclaimed movies of the past 25 years, including "The English Patient", "The King's Speech" and "Pulp Fiction", often employing a hard-charging style to win deals and awards.
Since October 2017, more than 90 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Sivan alleged that more than a decade ago, Weinstein cornered her in the hallway of a NY restaurant and proceeded to masturbate in front of her, while he pleasured himself by a potted plant. Argento recently appeared during the Closing Ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival to reiterate her allegations: "In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes".More news: Brad Pitt 'threatened to kill Harvey Weinstein' claims Gwyneth Paltrow
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's lawyer is one of America's most celebrated criminal defense attorneys. - Norwegian actress and Weinstein accuser Natassia Malthe, in a statement. Investigators decided not to charge him even though there was an audiotape of Mr Weinstein accepting he had touched Ms Battilana's breasts and pledging not to do so again.
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, in March directed the state's attorney general to review the 2015 case, citing "questions about the handling" of it by Vance.
McGowan described the experience of seeing Weinstein in handcuffs as both "surreal" and "real" at the same time.
Major figures in media and politics have lost their jobs or had their reputations tarnished by allegations that they subjected women to unwanted advances or outright assaults.
But on Friday, it was Weinstein in the spotlight.
"We got you, Harvey Weinstein", McGowan tweeted.More news: As CO2 Levels Rise, Rice Becomes Less Nutritious