According to Benjamin Brafman, Weinstein's lawyer, Mr. Weinstein plans on fighting the allegations and pleading not guilty.
Dozens of women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, ranging from inappropriate comments to alleged rape.
Besides the immediate satisfaction of seeing Weinstein face justice, McGowan said she firmly believes that his story, and the cultural natural disaster that followed, will have a profound and lasting impact on how society treats powerful abusers who engage in sexual misconduct.
Weinstein´s career went down in flames last October over sexual assault allegations following bombshell articles in The New York Times and New Yorker, which sparked a sexual harassment watershed across the United States.
"We are one step closer to justice", McGowan was quoted as saying by Variety.
Weinstein has consistently denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex.
Yet it was a 2004 meeting with actress Lucia Evans that stands at the center of the allegations Weinstein now faces in NY.
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According to the Times' Ben Mueller, one of the two women cited in the charges is actress Lucia Evans, who told her story to journalist Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker previous year.
Evans told The New Yorker in a story published in October that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a daytime meeting at his New York office in 2004, the summer before her senior year at Middlebury College. He sought treatment for sex addiction at a facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, the New York Times reported.
"It was always my fault for not stopping him", she said. It was bittersweet for Danielle Campoamor, a New York-based writer and editor who says she was sexually assaulted by a co-worker five years ago. "I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, '" she added. He is being arrested on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him, a source told CNN.
"Now, I think the attack is going to begin", she said in an interview with the Associated Press. For a long time, no one believed her, she said.
The Manhattan district attorney´s office and police have been investigating Weinstein for months, coming under growing pressure from the Time´s Up movement and Hollywood actresses to bring the disgraced producer to justice.
As he surrendered, the 66-year-old Weinstein found himself surrounded by lights and cameras in a spectacle he couldn't control.
In February 2018, The Weinstein Company, which was co-founded by Weinstein filed for bankruptcy following a last-ditch deal failed. The films he steered to Academy Awards glory include "The Artist", "The King's Speech" and "The Iron Lady" - which won best actress for Streep as former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
Women around the world will be celebrating this weekend - as they should be.