Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty as he awaits 2nd trial in California

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Harvey Weinstein pleaded not blameworthy successful a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday to 4 counts of rape and 7 different intersexual battle counts.

Sheriff’s deputies brought the 69-year-old convicted rapist into tribunal successful a wheelchair. He was wearing a brownish jailhouse jumpsuit and look mask. Attorney Mark Werksman entered the plea for the disgraced movie mogul a time aft Weinstein was extradited to California from New York, wherever helium was serving a 23-year situation term.

Weinstein spoke lone to accidental “thank you” to Judge Sergio Tapia, who wished him bully luck arsenic the proceeding ended.

He present awaits a 2nd proceedings connected a 2nd coast, and the anticipation of different lengthy sentence.

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Weinstein’s indictment involves 5 women successful incidents spanning from 2004 to 2013. Most are said to person taken spot successful the hotels successful Beverly Hills and Los Angeles that the New York-based Weinstein would marque his office for Hollywood business. Some took spot during Oscars week, erstwhile his films were perennial contenders earlier the #MeToo question brought him down.

He pleaded not blameworthy to 4 counts of rape, 4 counts of forcible oral copulation, 2 counts of intersexual artillery by restraint and 1 number of intersexual penetration by usage of force, charges that unneurotic could bring a condemnation of 140 years.

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Werksman told the justice that helium was filing documents requesting the dismissal of 3 of the counts, saying they were beyond the statute of limitations.

“They’re baseless, they’re from long, agelong ago, they’re uncorroborated,” Werksman said of the charges aft the hearing. “We are assured that if we person a just proceedings helium volition beryllium acquitted.”

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The women were not identified successful the indictment.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents 2 of them, said the property of the incidents was not a origin successful their truth.

“Allegations of intersexual battle and rape bash instrumentality a agelong clip to report, truthful the thought that they whitethorn not person disclosed to a instrumentality enforcement serviceman for galore years does not mean that those are not credible,” Allred said.

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The presumption of Weinstein’s extradition necessitate that his proceedings statesman by November. Werksman said Weinstein had yet to waive that right. But it would beryllium antithetic for the proceedings to statesman that quickly. Weinstein returns to tribunal for a motions proceeding adjacent week.

A New York assemblage recovered Weinstein blameworthy of raping an aspiring histrion successful 2013 successful a Manhattan edifice country and forcibly performing oral enactment connected a TV and movie accumulation adjunct successful 2006 astatine his Manhattan apartment.

He is appealing that conviction, seeking a caller trial. Weinstein maintains his innocence and contends that immoderate intersexual enactment was consensual.

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Los Angeles prosecutors archetypal charged Weinstein successful January 2020, conscionable arsenic assemblage enactment was getting underway successful the New York City case.

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More charges were added aboriginal successful the year, and successful March, helium was indicted by an LA County expansive jury. That indictment was unsealed by the justice connected Wednesday, but the allegations successful it are fundamentally identical to those already revealed successful erstwhile transgression complaints.

The pandemic and procedural delays meant that Weinstein’s extradition took good implicit a year. His attorneys cited his declining wellness arsenic they sought to support him astatine a authorities situation adjacent Buffalo, New York, until assemblage enactment began successful the Los Angeles trial.

At Wednesday’s hearing, Werksman requested a wellness introspection of Weinstein. He said extracurricular tribunal that helium was particularly acrophobic for Weinstein’s vision.

“He’s going unsighted successful 1 eye,” the lawyer said.

Once a large powerfulness successful Hollywood on with his member Bob and their movie companies Miramax and The Weinstein Co., Harvey Weinstein would beryllium marked arsenic the archvillain of the #MeToo question starting precocious successful 2017, erstwhile women’s accounts were published successful the New York Times and the New Yorker. He would beryllium arrested successful New York 7 months later.

Rumors astir Weinstein’s behaviour swirled successful movie manufacture circles for decades, but helium silenced galore accusers with payoffs, nondisclosure agreements and the fearfulness that helium could crush their careers.

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“Anyone who abuses their powerfulness and power to prey upon others volition beryllium brought to justice,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon said successful a connection Wednesday.

The Los Angeles charges came from a task unit established to tackle intersexual misconduct successful Hollywood arsenic #MeToo gained momentum.

Weinstein and porn performer Ron Jeremy are among the fewer charged by the team, which declined to prosecute much than 20 celebrated men due to the fact that the allegations against them were excessively aged oregon could not beryllium corroborated.

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