Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender on Friday for a sex-crime charge — the first criminal charge since his sexual-harassment scandal broke in October 2017.
Law enforcement officials tell the Associated Press that the disgraced movie mogul will surrender on Friday in New York for allegedly assaulting Lucia Evans, who has claimed that he forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004.
Weinstein has been accused of sexual assault, harassment, and/or misconduct by more than 80 women. He has denied any accusations of nonconsensual sex.
Evans was one of the many women to tell her story to The New Yorker last year. An aspiring actress at the time, Evans met Weinstein at his Miramax office in Tribeca where she believed they would discuss acting opportunities.
After going into his office alone, she told Ronan Farrow that Weinstein pulled out his penis and allegedly forced her to perform oral sex on him. “I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,’” she claimed.
A grand jury has been hearing evidence in the case for weeks following a months-long inquiry by New York police into assault allegations by Weinstein. The exact charges Weinstein is expected to face weren’t immediately clear.
The Oscar-winning producer was most recently photographed in Malibu on Wednesday by TMZ.
The news comes one day after the Wall Street Journal reported Weinstein was under federal investigation.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is purportedly looking at whether Weinstein “lured or induced any women to travel across state lines for the purpose of committing a sex crime.”
He is also facing separate criminal investigations in Los Angeles and London.
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