Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty To Rape, Criminal Sex Act Charges

06 June, 2018, 14:21 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of rape and sexual assault, his lawyer said, in the first cases involving the disgraced producer to be tested in criminal court since scores of accusers emerged a year ago. He struck a serious tone throughout the hearing. looking straight the entire time. Weinstein then posted bail for $1m (£750,000).

The #MeToo movement has seen people around the world come forward with cases of sexual mistreatment, leading to the downfall of powerful men across industries, including Oscar victor Kevin Spacey.

Mr Weinstein turned himself in at a NY police station on 25 May, and was taken to court in handcuffs for his initial arraignment. Benjamin Brafman vowed to defend his client against the charges and vowed to fight for his client in the courtroom.

"Today is the first day of this process", he said.

Indeed, it is the same Brafman who defended the former International Monetary Fund director against the same Manhattan prosecutor, Cyrus Vance.

The 66-year-old Weinstein was charged with rape and another sex crime in NY late last month, almost eight months after his career imploded in a blaze of accusations of sexual misconduct.

In court, Brafman reiterated that there was no potential of a conflict of interest because he never met Thompson and only became "aware of her existence several days ago".

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Mr Brafman called the rape allegation "absurd", saying the accuser and Weinstein had a decade-long, consensual sexual relationship that continued after the alleged 2013 attack.

The former film producer has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women.

The accusation of forced oral sex comes from Lucia Evans, a marketing consultant who, in 2004, was an aspiring actress.

Reports said he is expected to enter a not guilty plea for two-counts of rape and one first-degree criminal sex act charge. "As bad a crime as rape is, it is equally reprehensible to be falsely accused of rape".

Allegations against Weinstein helped spark the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. They urged other victims to come forward and join the complaint.

His next scheduled court appearance is September 20. He is wearing a Global Positioning System monitoring device, and his travel is restricted to the states of NY and CT.

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