Weinstein's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, stood behind the statement which he has given since the story broke.
Scores of women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct ranging from inappropriate comments to rape.
Besides the immediate satisfaction of seeing Weinstein face justice, McGowan said she firmly believes that his story, and the cultural quake that followed, will have a profound and lasting impact on how society treats powerful abusers who engage in sexual misconduct.
TMZ ran a photo of Weinstein having lunch at a Malibu restaurant Wednesday, which the site says is the first time he's been spotted in California since retreating to a rehab facility in Arizona after the New York Times and New Yorker investigations dropped last fall.
"I hope this gives hope to victims and survivors everywhere, that we are one step closer to justice".
She was one of the earliest Harvey Weinstein accusers, and she thought the mogul might never face justice in a court of law.
The rape charge relates to a woman who has not spoken publicly or been identified, according to the official, who wasn't authorized to discuss the case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
He turned himself into a NY police station before being charged with first and third degree rape in 2013, seemingly in a Midtown Manhattan hotel and a criminal sex act in the first degree in 2004.
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We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorised by his vast network of complicity.
Actress Ashley Judd last month sued Weinstein, saying he cost her a part in 1998 in the film "The Lord of the Rings" after she rejected his sexual advances, charges that Weinstein has denied.
Less than three hours after Weinstein's arrest, the former movie producer was released on $1M bail. Another aspiring actress, Mimi Haleyi, said Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in his NY apartment in 2006. He sought treatment for sex addiction at a facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, the New York Times reported. "None of this was consensual", she said.
Lucia Evans, who said he forced her into oral sex in 2004, is thought to be at least one of the women whose cases he will be charged over, according to U.S. media. Harvey Weinstein's lawyer said in a court filing that federal prosecutors in NY have launched a criminal investigation into the film producer, in addition to a previously disclosed probe by the Manhattan District Attorney. "I didn't want to kick him or fight him".
"We, as victims of that kind of behavior, we had all heard that kind of talk before", said Weinstein accuser Louisette Geiss. She says Weinstein made unwanted advances toward her on two occasions in 1991, in NY and Los Angeles. Britain has no statute of limits on rape cases; some of the allegations under investigation there date to the 1980s.
His downfall has seen his Weinstein Company file for bankruptcy, his fashion designer wife, Georgina Chapman, leave him and sparked police investigations in London and Los Angeles.
They continued to work for the firm until 2005 when they quit to set up the Weinstein Company, which spawned hits including The King's Speech, Django Unchained and Silver Linings Playbook.
The public allegations against Weinstein helped prompt a broad public furor about sexual misconduct. They include TV hosts Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, comedian Louis C.K, Democratic Sen. He agreed to electronic monitoring and to stay within NY and CT.