Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges in NY

  • Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges in NY

Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges in NY

Harvey Weinstein's attorney says that his defense is set to "begin our fight" in the courtroom after he pleaded not guilty to rape and criminal sex act charges in NY.

Harvey Weinstein appeared in a NY court yesterday to enter his plea after he was charged and arrested last week. The other, unidentified woman, told investigators that Mr. Weinstein had raped her in a hotel room.

Three women filed a lawsuit against Weinstein last week, including a technology sales executive who accused him of rape.

Weinstein has repeatedly denied allegations he has engaged in non-consensual sex with women, and his attorney has called the charges in NY "constitutionally flawed".

Brafman then asked Judge Burk for a special schedule that would allow him to file ordinary motions first, and require prosecutors to wait until later in the case to file a special procedure, called a Molineux motion, that would let them admit evidence of other, uncharged crimes.

It was back in October 2017 that both the New York Times and the New Yorker reported that more than a dozen women accused Weinstein of sexually harassing, assaulting, or raping them.

The charges stem from an incident in 2004 in which Lucia Evans said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex.

"As awful a crime as rape is, it is equally reprehensible to be falsely accused", he said. The accusations sparked the #MeToo movement, which has seen countless victims come forward to accuse powerful Hollywood figures, entertainers and musicians of sexually exploitation and rape. Despite investigations in London, Los Angeles and NY, none of the matters ever lead to a criminal prosecution, until two weeks ago, when the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr, became the first prosecutor to say he had enough evidence to arrest Weinstein. Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi told the judge that the information wasn't leaked by her office.

"A Grand Jury has voted to indict Harvey Weinstein on charges of Rape in the First and Third Degrees, and Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree", Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. The erstwhile couple's multi-acre bayfront estate in the Hamptons sold for $10 million; their downtown Manhattan townhouse, purchased in 2006 for $14.95 million, went for $25.6 million; and a Tudor cottage in Los Angeles that had been inhabited by one of Weinstein's children traded for $1.8 million. Weinstein will be in court on September 20 for the next major pretrial hearing.