Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to Latest Sex-Crime Charges

Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty in third sex assault case

Last month, the Manhattan District Attorney hit Weinstein with heavier charges than he had previously been facing in NY, a more serious degree of sexual assault which could potentially put him in prison for life.

It was a familiar scene for the 66-year old movie mogul.

He had already pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape and one first-degree criminal sex act charge, and he is out on $1 million cash bail. The charges are related to separate incidents in 2004, 2006 and 2013.

Weinstein is escorted in handcuffs as he arrives at the courthouse. He looked ashen and appeared to have shed some weight from his hulking frame.

Brafman said that prosecutors may file additional charges against Weinstein.

Through his company and Miramax, Weinstein won plaudits and awards for movies including "Shakespeare in Love", "Pulp Fiction", "Sex, Lies and Videotape", "The Crying Game" and "The King's Speech". He also had deep ties to the Beltway, raising money for President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during their White House runs.

The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly. His accusers include prominent actresses such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Ashley Judd.

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.

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Several actresses and models have accused Mr Weinstein of criminal sexual assaults.

Weinstein faces a number of potential legal issues.

He faces additional investigations in Los Angeles, London, and by the USA federal government. "It is simply not reasonable or appropriate" to change the bail setup, Brafman said, because Weinstein has complied with all demands from prosecutors to date (a point that Illuzzi conceded).

The new charges were announced by prosecutors on July 2.

The 66-year-old was brought into NY state Supreme Court wearing handcuffs, but he was uncuffed during proceedings. She said she doubted Weinstein would do the same. Brafman later said he'd found it. "The only place he goes these days is my office, to a Manhattan office where he is trying to make a living, and to doctor's appointments in CT", he said. A couple of TV satellite trucks were parked across the street, and about three dozen members of the media filled the courtroom.

Gloria Allred, who said she represented the unnamed third alleged victim in Weinstein's case, challenged Brafman to put Weinstein on the witness stand to defend himself. Brafman approached Allred shortly before the hearing and shook her hand.

"Are you really willing to have your client face the jury?"

If you are a survivor of the predatory abuse with which Mr. Weinstein is charged, there is still time to pursue justice.

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