Dozens of women have come forward publicly to accuse him of misconduct following reports in The New York Times and The New Yorker in 2017 about his treatment of women, including actresses with whom he worked.
Two of those women, Asia Argento and Ashley Judd, on Thursday tweeted an article about Weinstein turning himself in. Paz de la Huerta, another Weinstein accuser, declined to comment on the news.
Weinstein has been accused of rape, assault and other forms of sexual misconduct. Previously, Weinsten’s representative said he sought treatment after the accusations and any allegations of non-consensual sex were “unequivocally denied.”
The allegations catalyzed the decades-old #MeToo movement that calls attention to sexual misconduct. The heightened scrutiny rippled across industries and ensnared powerful men. On Thursday, CNN reported that several women have accused actor Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior and harassment.
Tarana Burke, who started #MeToo, said Weinstein’s intention to turn himself in marked a turning point in the conversation.
“This moves from the court of public of opinion into an actual courtroom,” Burke told Variety. “That is super cathartic for a bunch of the survivors, or even survivors who are not necessarily victimized by him.”