After having his mugshot and fingerprints taken, he was led out in handcuffs and taken to court.
Weinstein was released later on Friday on a $1 million bond. "I thank the fearless survivors who have come forward, and my Office's prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation", said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.in a statement.
The rape charge relates to a woman who has not spoken publicly or been identified, the official said.
More than seven months after the first allegations against Harvey Weinstein were levied, the disgraced movie producer and mogul was finally arrested in New York City today, not far from his former offices at The Weinstein Company.
His lawyer Benjamin Brafman said outside court that Weinstein meant to plead not guilty to the charges.
"No surprise here", Sivan says, in reaction to Weinstein's plea.
He carried thick books under his right arm, including biographies of Broadway musical duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and Elia Kazan, the director of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and other classic Hollywood films.
The film producer was to face criminal sex act and rape charges in a NY court, according to a law enforcement official who wasn't authorized to discuss the case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Standing alongside his defence attorney, the former Tinseltown powerbroker looked glum during the brief arraignment, agreeing to post bail at $1 million cash, surrender his passport and be fitted with a Global Positioning System monitoring device.
His case was adjourned until July 30.
We know these charges are based on the testimony of two accusers, one who is now anonymous and accused him of rape, and the other, Lucia Evans, who says Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him.
He's accused of forcing then-aspiring actress Lucia Evans to perform oral sex in 2004 and twice raping "Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta in 2010.
Weinstein, the founder of Miramax film studio, arrived in handcuffs at a New York City courthouse on Friday to face the accusations.
Image Weinstein was carrying two non-fiction hardbacks and a leather-bound book
The allegations against Weinstein sparked the #MeToo movement and a nationwide discussion about sexual assault and harassment, compelling women and men to come forward with their own accusations against other prominent figures.
But Belloni said it was "notoriously difficult" to get a conviction in sexual assault cases, and it may depend on how many women will be allowed to tell their story in court.
"I have to admit I didn't think I would see the day that he would have handcuffs on him", McGowan told GMA's Amy Robach in a pre-recorded segment. Sivan alleged that more than a decade ago, Weinstein cornered her in the hallway of a NY restaurant and proceeded to masturbate in front of her, while he pleasured himself by a potted plant.
The complaint says that Weinstein had sexual intercourse with the woman, and that she "had clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act".
Weinstein, 66, has consistently denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex.
Mr. Weinstein reigned as one of Hollywood's top producers, known as much for his bullying and aggression as for his cinematic success. His past clients include former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who escaped criminal prosecution for alleged sexual assault in 2011.
Friday's are the first criminal charges against Weinstein in the scandal that began last fall.
After turning himself in, Weinstein was arraigned on charges of first-degree rape and third-degree rape and a first-degree criminal sex act.
"The next process will be for court appearances and ultimately for some sort of evidenciary hearing to be set down whether it's a trial or preliminary inquiry", explains NEWS 1130 Legal Analyst Michael Shapray.
The Manhattan district attorney's office and NY police have investigated Weinstein for months, coming under growing pressure from the Time's Up movement to bring the disgraced producer to justice. That investigation is in its preliminary stages.
More than 75 women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing. Several actresses and models accused him of criminal sexual assaults, but numerous encounters happened too long ago for any prosecution.