Weinstein pleads not guilty to California sexual assault | Court News
The allegations against former Hollywood tycoon Harvey Weinstein involved five women who occurred between 2004 and 2013.
Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to four counts of rape and seven other counts of sexual assault in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday.
The sheriff’s deputy took the 69-year-old rapist to the court and sat in a wheelchair. He is wearing a brown prison jumpsuit and a mask.
Attorney Mark Werksman defended the shameful film mogul one day after Weinstein’s arrest Extradited to California From New York, where he served 23 years in prison.
Weinstein just said “thank you” to Judge Sergio Tapia, and he wished him luck at the end of the hearing.
He is now awaiting the possibility of a second trial and another long sentence.
Weinstein’s The indictment involves five women Occurred in events from 2004 to 2013. It is said that most of the incidents occurred in hotels in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, and Weinstein of New York used it as the headquarters of the Hollywood business. Some happened during Oscar Week, when his films were perennial competitors.
He pleaded not guilty to four counts of rape, four counts of forcible oral sex, two counts of restraint assault, and one count of sexual assault by force, all of which together could be sentenced to 140 years in prison.
Werksman told the judge that he was submitting documents requesting the dismissal of three of the allegations, saying that these allegations exceeded the statute of limitations.
Talking about the allegations after the hearing, Workman said: “They are baseless, come from a long time ago, and have not been confirmed.” “We are confident that if we get a fair trial, he will be acquitted.”
Terms Weinstein’s extradition He is required to start his trial in November. Werksman said Weinstein has not waived this right. But it is unusual for the trial to begin so soon. Weinstein will return to court next week for a motion hearing.
The indictment did not determine the identity of these women.
The New York jury ruled that Weinstein raped an aspiring actress in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performed oral sex on a television and film production assistant in his Manhattan apartment in 2006.
He is appealing the conviction and seeking a new trial. Weinstein insisted on his innocence and argued that any sexual activity is consensual.
With the rise of the #MeToo movement, the allegations in Los Angeles came from a task force aimed at addressing sexual misconduct in Hollywood.
“Anyone who abuses power and influence to prey on others will be brought to justice,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement on Wednesday.