Harvey Weinstein appears in court and pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges

Harvey Weinstein appeared in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault charges.

The disgraced Hollywood producer, 69, was current in a wheelchair after he was extradited from New York.

He is at present serving a 23-year jail sentence for comparable crimes.

During his prison trial in New York early final year, Weinstein arrived at court utilizing a walker and was additionally in a wheelchair for his sentencing in March 2020.

Weinstein now faces 11 counts of sexual assault in LA which relate to alleged incidents with 5 ladies.

He continues to insist he’s harmless and claims that any sexual exercise he was concerned in was consensual.

The charges he faces embody forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by restraint, and sexual penetration by use of pressure.

Harvey Weinstein lands at Hollywood Burbank Airport on Wednesday as he’s extradited to Los Angeles to face sexual assault charges

They are mentioned to have taken place between 2004 and 2013 in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles motels.

If he have been convicted, Weinstein might face a most sentence of 140 years.

He appeared in court carrying brown jail overalls and a face masks and spoke solely to say “thank you” after Judge Sergio Tapia wished him “good luck”.

Talking after the listening to, Weinstein’s lawyer Mark Werksman mentioned that the allegations made towards his consumer weren’t credible.

He mentioned: “They are baseless, they are from long, long ago, they are uncorroborated.”

Weinstein can be interesting the convictions which got to him in New York final year.

To date, over 80 ladies have accused the producer of sexual misconduct, with a number of of the accusations being from many years in the past.

However, solely a small variety of the allegations have thus far led to prison charges.

Mark Werksman addresses the court on Wednesday
Mark Werksman addresses the court on Wednesday

Reported allegations made towards Weinstein in 2017 helped to improve the help across the #MeToo motion, which inspired folks to share their personal experiences of sexual harassment and assault.

During the listening to on Wednesday, Weinstein’s lawyer requested his consumer had a well being examination.

He informed reporters: “He’s going blind in one eye.”

This movement was granted by the choose and Weinstein is about to subsequent seem in court on July 29.

Movies produced by Weinstein embody Shakespeare in Love and The Hateful Eight.

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