Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty in third sex assault case

Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty in third sex assault case

Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty To Sex Charge

Harvey Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was released on bail on Monday while fighting sex crime accusations that now include a third woman. The charges are related to separate incidents in 2004, 2006 and 2013.

Weinstein was one of the most powerful figures in the film industry until a year ago, when The New Yorker and The New York Times published accounts from several women accusing him of various forms of sexual assault and misconduct. He was flanked by his attorney Benjamin Brafman, and whispered to him at various points during the arraignment.

Film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City, U.S., July 9, 2018.

Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said the number of Weinstein accusers "shows the breadth of the criminality here".

There was something less than a circus outside the courtroom this morning, with the atmosphere far more subdued than Weinstein's previous arraignment in June.

Mr Weinstein, who produced movies including "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love", has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex, with his attorney challenging the credibility of his accusers. "This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward".

In all, Weinstein now faces six felony charges relating to three women: two counts of predatory sexual assault, two counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree, and one count each of first-degree rape and third-degree rape.

After Weinstein was accused, his eponymous company Weinstein Co fired him and filed for bankruptcy, and he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice James Burke said that bail conditions will remain the same and Weinstein will not be under house arrest. In an impromptu press conference on the steps of the court house, Brafman said he had emails to defend Weinstein and added that "he is not a rapist or a predator".

The attorney said that Weinstein was trying to clear his name so he could "hopefully go back to making movies". Brafman approached Allred shortly before the hearing and shook her hand. She believes that Democrats have the right message and values, even though "people say, 'Well, it doesn't inspire me.'" In response to people who criticize her for weighing in on primaries, Pelosi just shrugs. "Are you ready to state unequivocally that Mr. Weinstein is ready to take the witness stand and testify as well?"

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