The founder of the Miramax movie studios was released on bail of eight hundred and fifty thousand euros. He denies having non-consensual sex and has reportedly been in treatment for sex addiction.
"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", the attorney said.
"We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges". "These charges, we believe that they are constitutionally flawed", he said.
NYPD began investigating Weinstein in October 2017, after dozens of women shared stories of facing sexual harassment and assault at the hands of one of the most powerful men in the film industry. The accusations, first reported previous year by the New York Times and the New Yorker, gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment of misconduct. The rape charge relates to a woman who was not identified.
Under a previously agreed bail package, Weinstein's travel will be restricted to NY and the neighbouring state of CT, and he agreed to surrender his passport.
Weinstein, 66, was charged with rape, criminal sex act, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct for cases involving two women. His attorney told reporters outside court that Weinstein meant to plead not guilty to all four charges announced Friday.
Last fall, Evans went public with claims that Weinstein had sexually assaulted her in his office in 2004. "What took you so long Harvey?" she said. Initially hesitant to press charges, she later changed her mind.
Evans confirmed to The New Yorker that she was pressing charges, telling the magazine: "At a certain point, you have to think about the greater good of humanity, of womankind". Film actress Rose McGowan said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah, "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992 and Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008. "I tried to get away, but maybe I didn't try hard enough".
New York police are expected to charge Weinstein with "raping one woman and sexually assaulting a second", Ben Mueller of The New York Times told NPR's Audie Cornish on Thursday. "I have a visceral need for him to have handcuffs on". One of Brafman's past clients, former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, ultimately escaped criminal prosecution for alleged sexual assault in 2011.
"He forced me to perform oral sex on him", she said.
Other actresses who have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct include Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek.
The district attorney and police have been investigating Weinstein for months, under growing pressure from the Time's Up movement and Hollywood actresses to bring the disgraced producer to justice.
London's Metropolitan Police have said they are also investigating an allegation of sexual assault against Weinstein, while prosecutors in Los Angeles said in February they were reviewing three accusations of sexual assault against him.