Weinstein was arrested and charged with rape in the first and third degrees, as well as with criminal sexual act in the first degree, for forcible sexual acts against two women in 2013 and 2004, respectively.
It relates to a woman who has not been identified or spoken publicly, the official said. Weinstein's representative has said he sought treatment after the accusations and any allegations of nonconsensual sex were "unequivocally denied". "These charges, we believe that they are constitutionally flawed", he said.
"Assuming", he added, "we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case".
Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.
In a declaration filed on May 3 in the Weinstein Co's bankruptcy proceedings, lawyer Benjamin Brafman said Weinstein was a "principal target" of an investigation being carried out by the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan.
He posted a one million dollar (£751,060) cash bail and will wear an electronic monitor which tracks his movements 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With a throng of cameras on hand, the once-powerhouse producer found himself at the center of a spectacle he didn't control. He did not respond when a woman shouted: "Why are you smiling, Harvey?" He carried thick books under his right arm, including what appeared to be biographies of Broadway musical legends Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and Elia Kazan, the director of such classic Hollywood films as "On the Waterfront". Later, in a courthouse booking area, he complained he felt faint and his handcuffs were too tight. If convicted on the most serious charges, Weinstein could face between five and 25 years in prison.
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.More news: Trump Cannot Block People On Twitter, Judge Rules
Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein was arrested in New York City Friday on charges of rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct related to his interactions with two women, the New York Police Department says.
"We are relieved and grateful that justice is coming, but we also mourn the cases where it didn't", Goldberg said.
More than 75 women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing around the globe.
The film producer was to face criminal sex act and rape charges in a NY court, said a law enforcement official who was not authorized to discuss the case and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Friday's charges stem from complaints from two women, including former actress Lucia Evans, who says in 2004, Weinstein allegedly assaulted her in the former offices for the Weinstein company. More than 80 allegations have been leveled at Weinstein since last fall.
An Oscar-winning producer, he and his brother Bob Weinstein founded production company Miramax in 1979, building it into a major Hollywood player before selling it to Disney in 1993.
But there were rumors in Hollywood for years about Weinstein's pursuit of young actresses.More news: NFL Players Who Don't Stand For Anthem 'Shouldn't Be In The Country'
At the police station in Tribeca, not far from where he ran his media empire, there is no underground passageway or back door. But Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. decided not to bring charges, citing a lack of evidence.
Watch Weinstein's arrival " Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation.
Major figures in media and politics have lost their jobs or had their reputations tarnished by allegations that they subjected women to unwanted advances or outright assaults.
But on Friday, it was Weinstein in the spotlight.
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