Harvey Weinstein to face criminal charges

Plus, The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow, who broke news on sexual harassment claims against Weinstein, speaks out about the latest developments in the case.
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Linsey Davis is at the first precinct in downtown Manhattan with the latest. Good morning, linsey. Reporter: Good morning to you, robin. A media frenzy out here this morning. This is where Harvey westein will turn himself in in just a matter of minutes perhaps. We'reot sure exactly when just yet but while more than 80 women have come forward with allegations against him, varying allegations. These will be the first criminal chge, charges that have been months in the making. This morning, seven months since that first wave of sexual misconduct allegations against movie studio executive Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul is expected to turn himself in stemming from an investigation by the Manhattan district attorney's office into allegations by two women including former aspiring actress Lucia Evans. Evans told "The new Yorker" that Weinstein overpowered and forced her to perform a sexual act during a business meeting at his Manhattan office in 2004 adding I said over and over, I don't want to do this. Stop, don't. While she did not initially reported alleged assault to police Evans' accusations are within the statute of limitations in New York. Late Thursday, Evans told "The new Yorker" of her decision to press charges now at a certain point, you have to think about the greater good of humanity, of womankind. Recently retired NYPD chief Robert Boyce oversaw the investigation and called her story credible. A lot of work went into this. They're the heroes here. Reporter: Also Paz de la Huerta, her case will not be before the court today. She told "Vanity fair" in November that she was raped by Weinstein twice in 2010 after he invited himself to her apartment. I was so terrified of him, she told the magazine, I did say no andhen he was on top of me I said I don't want to do this. De la Huerta told "The new Yorker" late Thursday she will testify in court if asked. In recent months Weinstein has kept a low profile. TMZ captured this photo of the former producer in malibu Wednesday. The first time he had been seen since his reported stint in rehab last fall. Overnight Weinstein accusers reacting to the news of his impending arrest and trial. Italian actress a that Argento tweeting, boom. "Sopranos" star Annabella sciorra saying can't wait. Rose Mcgowan, one of the first to accuse him spoke exclusively to ABC news after his plans to surrender were announced. Justice would be for him to just simply go poof. Preferably. Behind bars. Because we were sentenced to a prison. We were sentenced to years of it before anybody believed us. We had our lives stolen. We H our careers stolen. Reporter: Now, Weinstein has long denied any knob consensual sex. He will be booked here at the first precinct then taken to court for arraignment being charged with rape as well as a criminal sex act stemming from accusations brought by Lucia Evans as well as an unnamed woman who has come forward in recent months. The expectation is that Weinstein will post $1 million cash and that prosecutors will ask that he surrender his passport and also wear a monitoring device. Robin. All right. Linsey, thank you very much. We're going to have more of Amy robach's exclusive with rose Mcgowan later this morning. But joining us now is "The new Yorker's" Ronan farrow who won a puitzer prize for his coverage. It was a difficult decision for Lucia Evans to move forward. Incredibly difficult, robin, as it was for every woman who spoke to the press but Lucia faced another layer of life-changing digs because the day after that first "New Yorker" story that reported the first allegations of assault about Weinstein, police began to try to contact her and laid out this decision to her. Do you want to spend potentially the next several years of your life being shredded on the stand as the star witness in this case and she wrestled with that for months. I stayed in touch with her during that difficult process. A lot of sleepless nights but ultimately said, robin, I can't passion up a chance to help many, many other women in her view. Thinking of other, not just herself. Absolutely. Many months gotten to this point. There's no way that you could have thought anyone could have thought it would have led to this. WHE I first began speaking to harveweinstein's accusers, they were correctly terrified. They feared retaliation and feared for their physical safety and hiring all sorts of end immediate -- intermediaries to threaten them. For survivors to speak on an issue about someone that powerful and they're heard. The difference of what you're saying now, when women and men come forward with these accusations for the first time they are being heard and they are being believed and it is being looked into. With your reporting how strong a case do you think they have here? You know I can't handycap legal proceedings still to play out. What I can say these are serious charges. I can say that I've been in touch with many of the law enforcement ofcials involved and they moved very carefully and spoke to many, many potential witnesses and they believe Lucia' case is very strong and the other woman with charges has a strong case in their view. They took their time to gather the evidence and everything. A lot of work went into this. We'll talk about the legal issues with Dan Abrams in just a moment. Big picture here, does it change in Hollywood at all? I think that there is a change in the culture where women and as you say men as well now can speak about this without as much fear of blacklisting and retaliation and seeing actresses like some of the ones that were mentioned like mere Ya sorvino or Annabelle sciorra flourishing after that. That said everyone involved in a story like this agree there is a long way to go. Very unclear even if there is success on the part of the prosecutors in this case whether Harvey Weinstein will spend, you know, they time behind bar, what the repercussions will be for him and it's unclear whether predators who still have not been brought to task in the most powerful corners of that industry are hearing this message fully. Yeah, Ronan, thank you so much for being here and for your ongoing reporting. Thank you, robin. Good to be here. Let's get to Michl.

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