Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has appeared in court in New York to face a number of charges, including rape and a criminal sex act.

The charges, which relate to two women in 2004 and 2013, are the first to be brought against the 66-year-old following allegations by dozens of women which gave rise to the #MeToo movement last year.

Weinstein, who surrendered himself in Manhattan, did not speak to reporters as he entered the police building in front of dozens of cameras.

Nor did he say anything as he was led out less than an hour later, in handcuffs and with a smile on his face.

Image: Weinstein arrived at the police station early on Friday

Shortly afterwards, he appeared in court and agreed to post $1m bail, wear an electronic monitor, surrender his passport and restrict his travel to New York state and Connecticut.

In court, he appeared pale as he listened to Manhattan assistant attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon describe him as a man who had "used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually".

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Image: Weinstein appeared to be smiling as he was led handcuffed from a police station

Weinstein did not enter a plea, as is common at this stage. However, his lawyer Benjamin Brafman said afterwards that he would be pleading not guilty.

He said: "We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges.

"We believe that they are constitutionally flawed… they are not factually supported by the evidence."

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. today filed felony sex crimes charges against HARVEY WEINSTEIN, 66, in New York County Criminal Court
Image: Weinstein pictured with his lawyer Benjamin Brafman in court

The 2004 charge relates to former actress Lucia Evans, who has said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex in his office that year.

Ms Evans' lawyer Carrie Goldberg said: "We are relieved and grateful that justice is coming, but we also mourn the cases where it didn't."

The other charge relates to a woman who has not been identified and who may choose to remain anonymous.

Actress Rose McGowan, who was among the first to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault, said: "I actually did not believe this day would come."

She told NBC's Megyn Kelly Today programme: "This is a big strike into the heart of abuse of power."

Film producer Harvey Weinstein signs papers inside Manhattan Criminal Court during his arraignment in Manhattan in New York
Image: Weinstein agreed to post a $1m bail

Weinstein was fired as chief executive of The Weinstein Company after the allegations emerged last year, and his wife is also in the process of divorcing him.

He has repeatedly denied any non-consensual sexual activity.

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