Former Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to New York City police on charges of sexual misconduct on Friday morning, the New York Times has reported, citing two unidentified law enforcement officials.

Benjamin Brafman, a lawyer for Mr Weinstein, declined to comment on the report. The New York Daily News and NBC News also reported Mr Weinstein was expected to be arrested following a months-long investigation, including by the Manhattan district attorney's office.

More than 70 women have accused the co-founder of the Miramax studio and The Weinstein Co with sexual misconduct including rape, allegations that gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment.

Mr Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

It is understood he will be charged over an allegation by at least one accuser, Lucia Evans, a former aspiring actress dating back to 2004. 

The New York Police Department and the Manhattan district attorney's office declined to confirm the news reports.

Entertainment industry heavyweights have distanced themselves from Mr Weinstein, once one of Hollywood's most powerful men, since the accusations became public.

The board of the Weinstein Co fired him, the company itself filed for bankruptcy in March and he was expelled in 2017 from the Academy of Motion Pictures.

Actor Ashley Judd last month sued Mr Weinstein, saying that he cost her a part in 1998 for the film "The Lord of the Rings" after she rejected his sexual advances, charges that Mr Weinstein has denied.

Other prominent actors who have publicly accused Mr Weinstein of sexual misconduct include Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek.

Benjamin Brafman, Mr Weinstein's lawyer, is known for representing high-profile criminal defendants, including pop star Michael Jackson and Martin Shkreli, the former drug company executive. 

In 2011, he represented Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, over charges, which were eventually dropped, that he sexually assaulted a New York City hotel maid.