Harvey Weinstein to surrender to police

Update 25/05/2018
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Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to New York City police on charges of sexual misconduct on Friday (local time), according to the New York Times.

He is to be charged by the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

Benjamin Brafman, a lawyer for Weinstein, declined to comment on the report.

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.

Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

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

Actor Ashley Judd 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, charges that Weinstein has denied.

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

American actor Morgan Freeman was recently accused of harassment and inappropriate behaviour by eight women, according to a report by CNN.

Freeman issued an apology about two hours after the CNN article was published.

US correspondent Carol Ramos told Mark Sainsbury that “the tide has turned” for women suppressing their public accusations.

“The question is – will anyone take legal action?” asked Ms Ramos.