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Harvey Weinstein appears in court on rape and sex assault charges

Harvey Weinstein has appeared in court charged with rape and sexual abuse - after the disgraced movie mogul handed himself into police.

The former film producer arrived at a police station in New York on Friday, where he was charged, handcuffed and taken to court.

Having been granted $1 million bail, the 66-year-old's lawyer indicated that Weinstein would be pleading not guilty to the charges, which relate to two complainants.

His lawyer described the charges as "constitutionally flawed", adding that Weinstein "vehemently denied" the allegations.

Weinstein's court appearance comes in the wake of assault allegations from several women.

But the charges of rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct relate to incidents involving just two women.

A throng of photographers awaited Weinstein, dressed in a black blazer and blue jumper, throughout the day.

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On arrival at the police station, Weinstein said nothing as reporters fired questions at him.

He appeared to walk with a slight limp as he entered the building flanked by police officers.

Weinstein was then taken to Manhattan Criminal Court, handcuffed, and arraigned on charges.

There, Weinstein was granted $1 million bail and told he would be required to wear an electronic tag.

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A statement on behalf of Weinstein read: "Mr Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behaviour with anyone.

"Nothing about today's proceedings changes Mr Weinstein's position."

Weinstein was handcuffed by police when he left the station. Credit: AP

Hollywood was left reeling after the claims against Weinstein first emerged in the New York Times on October 5 last year.

Since then, several allegations have emerged from women who worked with Weinstein, including A-list actresses Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The accusations also sparked the #MeToo movement, an international movement against sexual harassment and assault.

So far, dozens of women have levelled allegations against Weinstein

It was reported earlier this week that federal prosecutors in New York had launched an inquiry into the allegations, which is separate from the investigation currently under way by the Manhattan District Attorney, the film producer's lawyer said in a court filing.

The film director is also under criminal investigation in Los Angeles and London.

Weinstein has previously denied any non-consensual sex with complainants.

The movie mogul did not answer any questions thrown by the press. Credit: AP