Earlier, he entered a police station carrying books that harkened to his show business roots: one on the Broadway songwriting team of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and another about famed film director Elia Kazan.
Weinstein and his team had pre-negotiated a bail package which included that he pay $1 million bail, wear an electronic monitor and surrender his passport.
Harvey Weinstein has surrendered to New York City police on charges of rape and sex abuse, months after he was toppled from Hollywood's most powerful ranks by scores of women accusing him of misconduct.
The New York Police Department issued a statement thanking "these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".
According to the New York Times, the criminal sex charge stems from a complaint filed by Lucia Evans, an aspiring actress, who said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him at his office in 2004.
Less than a year ago, Sivan - an accomplished TV journalist, based in Los Angeles - came forward with one of the most shocking tales to come out of the Weinstein chapter of the Me Too era.
Numerous women, including several celebrities, have come forward with allegations that Weinstein repeatedly engaged in unwanted, inappropriate and aggressive sexual behavior since reports of his serial misconduct first surfaced previous year. "We look forward to a just result".
Harvey Weinstein was arrested and charged with rape and other abuse charges yesterday, months after allegations of sexual violence and harassment toppled the once-powerful Hollywood mogul. When she got there, Weinstein appeared; Evans recalled the assault, "I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't.' I tried to get away, but maybe I didn't try hard enough". That's common at this stage in a criminal case in NY.
"Today's charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation", District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement.
On Friday, Weinstein handed off the books at the police station, where he was booked quickly.
A jury would not believe the women, Brafman said, "assuming we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case".
Numerous men in entertainment accused of misconduct have been stripped of their power - losing their companies, as in Weinstein's case, or being written out of reruns and future Hollywood deals, in actors' cases. The New York Times reported that the investigation will examine whether Weinstein violated federal stalking laws.
Brafman said he had been speaking to Weinstein about 20 times each day and said he was, at times, "lonely and angry".
Who else has accused Mr Weinstein?
Mr Weinstein has denied committing any non-consensual sex acts.
"My job is not to defend behavior - my job is to defend criminal behavior".