As journalist Ronan Farrow reported in The New Yorker past year, Evans alleges that in 2004, Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him after luring her into a hotel room alone under false pretenses. "He has entered a plea of not guilty and fully expects to be exonerated". "This is the first time since written history that women are being believed - begrudgingly, but still".
Weinstein earlier turned himself in at a lower Manhattan police station around 7:25 a.m. EDT (1125 GMT).
Equally important, McGowan said, is that the MeToo movement will help women who aren't famous, well-off movie stars, like many of Weinstein's accusers, but less powerful women without a voice.
The Reuters news agency said the rape charge relates to a woman who was not identified. That's common at this stage in a criminal case in NY.
More than 70 women have accused the co-founder of the Miramax film studio and Weinstein Co of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some allegations dating back decades. Harvey is also under investigation by the U.S. Attorney in New York City.
Weinstein arrived to the NYPD's 1st Precinct Friday morning flanked by marshals and was then taken to court in handcuffs where he was scheduled to be arraigned.
Harvey Weinstein has been charged with at least four sex-related offenses after turning himself in to the NY police on Friday.
The film mogul's sexual misconduct has always been rumored in the industry.
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Benjamin Brafman, a lawyer for Weinstein, declined to comment on the report.
Evans confirmed to The New Yorker that she was pressing charges.
A smiling Weinstein, wearing a blue sweater and a black blazer, ignored reporters' questions when he first showed up to turn himself in. Several actresses and models accused him of criminal sexual assault, but numerous encounters happened too long ago for any prosecution.
Along with sexual harassment and assault, federal investigators are also investigating possible money crimes, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. A court complaint says Weinstein confined her in a Manhattan hotel room and raped her in 2013. Some women's groups, including the Hollywood activist group Time's Up, accused the Democrat of being too deferential to Weinstein and too dismissive of his accusers.
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.
Ronan Farrow, who wrote the New Yorker's report on Weinstein, told CNN Friday that numerous producer's accusers believed they'd never see justice.
New York City police also have been investigating allegations by "Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta, who told police last fall that Weinstein raped her twice in 2010 when she was drinking and not in a condition to give consent.