Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to Latest Sex-Crime Charges


Weinstein pleaded not guilty after he was brought into the courtroom with his hands cuffed behind his back. He was also charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault-a Class A felony that carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Brafman has said his client maintains all the allegations are false and he will be vindicated. "Furthermore, to charge Mr. Weinstein as a predator when the interactions were each consensual is simply not justified".

Harvey Weinstein was led into a NY courtroom in handcuffs this morning and entered a plea of not guilty to charges of committing a forcible sexual act in the first degree. "This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward". Prosecutors Monday pushed for Weinstein to be confined to house arrest in New York City, CBS2's Natalie Duddridge reported. After the prosecutor argued for a change in Weinstein's bail conditions, the judge ruled to keep them the same.

Under a US$1 million bail agreed May 25, Weinstein is allowed to travel within the states of NY and CT, where he is living.

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Weinstein previously forfeited his passport and is fitted with an electronic monitoring bracelet.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the 66-year-old Weinstein is charged with "some of the most serious sexual offenses" that exist under state law.

"Are you really willing to roll the dice and hope and pray that your client will be able to answer questions under oath not only about this alleged third victim, but about other alleged victims as well?"

Haleyi said Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006 in what appeared to be a child's bedroom in his Manhattan apartment.

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"Proof beyond a reasonable doubt should be the only way someone gets convicted", he added. "And the suggestion that Mr. Weinstein raped anyone, just based on what I've seen, just based on the evidence I've seen, is just a preposterous allegation", Brafman said.

"He is doing as well as can be expected for someone under these circumstances", the lawyer said of the mogul, who over the past eight months has been accused by more than 80 women - including several models and Hollywood actresses - of sexual misconduct, after investigations by the New York Times and the New Yorker.

Reporting by The New York Times and New Yorker that brought down Weinstein and spawned the sexual harassment watershed won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, the most prestigious award in USA journalism.

None of the three women have been named, but Brafman says the 2013 rape complaint comes from a woman who had a long affair with Weinstein.

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The other, former actress Lucia Evans, says she was allegedly forced to perform a sex act at his office in 2004. Dozens of women have come forward in recent months to accuse the producer of assaulting or harassing them.