Harvey Weinstein will be charged with sex crimes and, according to sources, will surrender to authorities on Friday.
This news has emerged after months of investigation by police and district attorneys on both coasts. Indeed, according to deadline news, a flurry of activity has surrounded Weinstein in recent months, including subpoenas and investigations, and now a federal probe into alleged sex crimes by the producer.
Earlier this week, People reported that the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein have gotten the attention of the federal government. The U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York has begun a criminal probe, investigating in part whether the media mogul is guilty. Weinstein's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, confirmed to people that he has met with federal prosecutors to dissuade them from moving forward.
“Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in nonconsensual sexual acts,” the attorney maintained.
The media mogul is expected to be charged with preying on Lucia Evans, a woman who informed investigators that she was forced to perform sexual acts in 2004. It is unclear at this time whether additional charges related to other victims will also be added against him.
More than 50 women have accused the media mogul of sexual harassment and assault, including A-list actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, and Angelina Jolie. Weinstein has denied any wrongdoing.
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