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Harvey Weinstein has been charged with rape and Rose McGowan uttered the words we've been dying to hear.

It’s taken seven months, but Harvey Weinstein‘s accusers are finally having their voices heard.

The 66-year-old disgraced movie mogul turned himself over to authorities on Friday morning in New York City, where he has been charged with rape, sexual misconduct, sex abuse and the committing of a criminal sex act against two women.

A handcuffed Weinstein was seen being led by prosecutors into a courthouse in lower Manhattan.

“This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually,” prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said at Weinstein’s arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court, as reported by ABC News.

Harvey Weinstein arrest
Harvey Weinstein was arrested in New York City on Friday. Image: Getty Images

He was released on $US1 million (AU$1.3 million) cash bail, and was forced to surrender his passport and wear a tracking device.

Weinstein has denied the many accusations levelled against him since they first started to emerge in October, and his lawyer Benjamin Brafman says he intends to plead not guilty.

Media outside the courthouse asked Weinstein if he was sorry or had anything he wanted to say. He reportedly shook his head and quietly said, "No."

Meanwhile, his accusers had plenty to say.

Many of Weinstein's alleged victims - including Rose McGowan, who has been one of the most vocal - celebrated his arrest on social media:

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Appearing on US news program, Megyn Kelly Today, McGowan, 44, said she "didn't believe this day would come", but seeing Weinstein in handcuffs was a "very good feeling", as reported by E! Online.

"It shows people worldwide, which is what I was hoping the whole time, that this cannot and will not stand," she said.

If convicted, Weinstein could face up to 25 years in prison, as reported by The Guardian.

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