Weinstein at his offices at the Tribeca Film Center, at 375 Greenwich Street in Lower Manhattan, the official said.
Weinstein, 66, has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.
Tuesday afternoon, harrowing allegations came down from two of the entertainment industry’s most successful, established female stars: Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.
The accusations, first reported by the New York Times and the New Yorker last year, gave rise to the #Me Too movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment of misconduct.
Weinstein is charged with rape, sexual misconduct, sex abuse and the committing of a criminal sex act against two women, the New York Police Department said in a statement, which did not identify the women.
"They did not know each other," said one of the law enforcement officials, who agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing.
"She didn't know him and he didn't know her; there is no indication she knew who he was." The two exchanged emails, and on Friday the woman went to meet Mr.
It should be obvious, but apparently it bears repeating: It is the rare woman, or girl, who wants to trade sex for professional success.
It is the exceedingly common man who abuses women simply because he can.
There’s nothing to say except that it’s indefensible.” Though the history of rampant sexual misconduct in Hollywood is a well-documented one, and though women who’ve had self-described “casting couch” experiences frame those incidents as vile, even terrifying, there lingers in our culture the persistent belief that what’s really occurring is an even exchange: Sex for a role. How can it be if, when all’s said and done, she’s holding the golden statuette she always wanted?
(This, even though Weinstein’s behavior was reportedly an open secret in the industry.) If anything, the equation seems weighted in the favor of the aspiring actress who lands there: One tryst to have a red carpet rolled out before you, a path to the A-list littered with riches, acclaim, and Oscars. Or, as Weinstein put it in a chilling conversation with Ambra Battilana Gutierre — who he admitted to groping, then immediately propositioned again — that Gutierre secretly recorded and was just released by the New Yorker: “Don’t ruin your friendship with me for five minutes.” The power imbalance ought to be impossible to miss, and yet the phrasing alone — “casting couch” — carries with it the sense that it’s a throwback to old Hollywood, to a simpler, more salacious time. What woman chasing a film career wouldn’t want to have sex with a powerful producer, and reap all the benefits of the romp?
After the meeting, the official said, the woman immediately went to the Page Six that "we"—perhaps referring to Weinstein's friends, or maybe the film industry at-large—"believe this is a blackmail attempt, and that he did nothing wrong." Surely, that source would say the same about years-old rumors that Weinstein likes to get inappropriately close with aspiring actresses, but those rumors persist nonetheless.