Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to charges of rape, sex assault

Marco Green
June 9, 2018

Also on Tuesday, Weinstein entered a not guilty plea at a NY courthouse, where he was arraigned on rape and criminal sex act charges. Appearing on "TODAY" this morning for her first televised interview since coming forward with her own allegations against Harvey Weinstein a year ago, and the Oscar-winning actress offered a hopeful, if pragmatic answer as to how she felt seeing the former producer arrested and arraigned late last month.

Brafman says Weinstein is "holding up reasonably well".

Brafman says the rape complaint came from a woman who had a 10-year affair with Weinstein, but the information was not confirmed. The lawyer has said the unidentified woman who accused Weinstein of rape had a decade-long, consensual sexual relationship with him that continued after the alleged 2013 attack.

The producer, who has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex and plead not guilty this morning in a New York City courtroom, purchased the nearly 5.75-acre oceanfront estate in two transactions, the first in 1994 and the second in 2000, for a total of just under $8.25 million.

"This case has some unique issues I intend to address", said Weinstein's attorney Benjamin Brafman at the proceeding as he said he would "vigorously defend" his client against the charges. The first, Lucia Evans, claims that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex at his Tribeca office in 2004.

"However reprehensible the crime of rape is, it is equally reprehensive to falsely accuse someone of rape".

To date, almost 90 women have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexually harassing or assaulting them.

Dozens of more women have accused him of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to assault.

The class-action complaint accuses the company of operating like an organized crime group to hide widespread sexual harassment and assaults. The charges against Weinstein mark the second high-profile prosecution of a once-powerful celebrity in the #MeToo era.

"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.

Police set up a sting in which the woman recorded herself confronting Weinstein and him apologizing for his conduct. Weinstein will be in court on September 20 for the next major pretrial hearing.

The New York Times had said in a report that as part of a bail package negotiated in advance, Weinstein will put up $1 million in cash and will agree to wear a monitoring device.

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