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Breaking: The law finally caught up with Harvey Weinstein – here’s what happened

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to law enforcement on Friday over allegations of sexual harassment and assault. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot)

Disgraced Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein will be arrested Friday over numerous allegations that he sexually harassed and assaulted women.

Here's what happened

Federal prosecutors announced that they had opened a criminal investigation into the accusations Thursday, and sought to discover if federal charges could be brought against Weinstein.

Hours later, it was announced that he would surrender Friday after it was reported that the Manhattan district attorney’s office would be pressing charges against him.

Two law enforcement sources indicated that he would be charged with criminal acts over allegations from former actress Lucia Evans, one of the first accusers of the movie producer. Evans accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex during their business meeting in 2004.

Weinstein is also under investigation by local prosecutors in Los Angeles, Manhattan, and London.

The #MeToo movement

The vast number of allegations that arose from numerous women, some Hollywood stars, against Weinstein inspired the "Me Too" movement, which encouraged women who had suffered sexual harassment to go public with their accusations.

The pattern of abuse from the allegations showed a concerted effort by Weinstein and some of his employees to use his powerful position to pressure women to have sexual relations with him. Many in the entertainment industry said the allegations were an "open secret."

Critics of the movement said it began to resemble mob justice, as some allegations appeared to be false or exaggerated claims.

Here's a CNN report about Weinstein impending surrender:

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