More than 50 women, including stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, which the former has denied.
Lucia Evans told The New Yorker in a story published in October that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a daytime meeting at his New York office in 2004, the summer before her senior year at Middlebury College.
"The charges will not be believed by 12 people, assuming we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case", he said.
"We stand with them, and remain in solidarity with women everywhere who have faced unsafe and abusive workplaces".
The NYPD released a statement, saying, "The NYPD thanks these courageous survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice".More news: Ireland overturns abortion ban in landslide vote
"Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual behavior with anyone".
The New York charges are the first against Weinstein, even though several other cities opened up investigations into the producer in the wake of the reporting on the allegations.
Weinstein was arrested and charged with rape and sexual assault stemming from cases involving two accusers whose crimes were within the statute of limitations. "The man who pinned me down had handcuffs on him today", she added, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Weinstein was released after posting $1 million bail and was fitted with a monitoring device which will track his movements. "Mr. Weinstein voluntarily surrendered after conditions of bail were negotiated". The charges happening all these years later, but NY did away with the statute of limitations for adult rape cases in 2006.
Anthony Bourdain, who is dating Argento, also reacted to Weinstein's arrest on social media. McGowan wanted to see Weinstein behind bars because "we were sentenced to a prison, we were sentenced to years of it before anybody believed us..."
The charges follow a months-long investigation that involved the Manhattan district attorney's office.
"Weinstein had until recently seemed untouchable, harnessing his wealth and his influence in the movie industry to intimidate women out of speaking publicly and, only three years ago, withstand an investigation into groping allegations", the NYT report said.