Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to face charges in New York related to allegations of sexual assault in what would mark the first criminal charges faced by the disgraced former movie mogul, sources familar with the case said Thursday.
The sources said the case involved but not might be limited to actress Lucia Evans, who alleged that Weinstein assaulted her during a meeting at his Miramax office in 2004. Evans told the New Yorker last year that Weinstein said during a meeting that she’d “be great in ‘Project Runway'” before allegedly forcing her to perform oral sex.
Weinstein has been accused by more than 80 women of misdeeds including sexual harassment and rape. Police in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, New York and London have conducted investigations into more than 20 allegations. He has denied any wrongdoing.
Prosecutors in New York and L.A. have been developing cases against Weinstein, but sources have said for weeks that New York authorities were closest to bringing charges.
The sources, who spoke to The Times on the condition of annyomity, said they were not clear on the scope of the charges New York prosecutors are planning.
The charges would mark a major milestone in the #MeToo movement, which has sparked numerous accusations of misconduct by powerful men in the entertainment and other industries and numerous criminal investigations but few actual criminal charges…