The stories from Weinstein's accusers spurred the global #MeToo movement.
The disgraced movie mogul is charged with rape, a criminal sex act, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct for cases involving two women, according to the NY police department. The charges stem from complaints by two women and cover alleged assaults that occurred in 2004 and 2013. "I thank the fearless survivors who have come forward, and my office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation".
But while the prosecutor was referring specifically to Weinstein, her remarks echoed wide-ranging experiences by women who say they have felt unable to ward off inappropriate conduct by powerful men or pursue recourse in a legal system that requires incontrovertible evidence.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
"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's attorney Benjamin Brafman stated in a news conference that they, "intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges".
Brafman said he didn't think a jury would believe Weinstein's accusers - if potential jurors are "not consumed by the movement that seems to have consumed this case".
He agreed to pay $1 million in cash as part of a prenegotiated bail package, with a Manhattan judge also ordering him to wear an electronic monitor and surrender his passport.
As he surrendered, Weinstein found himself surrounded by lights and cameras in a spectacle he couldn't control.
Mr Weinstein turned himself in to police in the city earlier in the day.
Harvey Weinstein Surrenders To Police In NYC & Is Arrested On Rape Charges
He carried thick books under his right arm, including what appeared to be biographies of the Broadway musical duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and Elia Kazan, the director of such classic Hollywood films as On the Waterfront and A Streetcar Named Desire.
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. The most serious rape charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. He consented to electric monitoring and is banned from traveling outside of NY or CT.
Evans' allegations added to those of dozens of other women, who claimed that Weinstein had engaged in a vast range of sexual misconduct dating back almost four decades, ranging from inappropriate touching to incidents of rape.
Weinstein's lawyer is one of America's most celebrated criminal defence attorneys. Weinstein may be fantasizing a future in which he's welcomed back to Hollywood.
Vance had decided not to prosecute Weinstein after Ambra Battilana Gutierrez accused the movie executive of groping her in 2015.
Vance made the decision even though he had a covert police recording of Weinstein telling Gutierrez he would not do it again.
Weinstein has repeatedly denied any instance of nonconsensual sex, though this is the first time formal charges have been handed down.
The public allegations against Weinstein helped prompt a broad public reckoning about sexual misconduct.
"Dear Mira, I know how hard it was for you and the other women to risk so much to come forward with the details of one of your worst experiences - but thank you thank you!" They include TV hosts Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, comedian Louis C.K., Democratic U.S. Sen.
No charges have been filed against Weinstein in London as of Friday.
"In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes", she said.