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Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape, sex charge

Last Updated Jun 5, 2018 at 8:37 am PDT

FILE - In this May 25, 2018, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at the first precinct while turning himself to authorities following allegations of sexual misconduct in New York. Weinstein is scheduled to be arraigned in New York on rape and criminal sex act charges. The hearing on Tuesday, June 4, in NY's Manhattan borough comes after a grand jury indicted the former movie mogul on charges involving two women. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)
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Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to rape, criminal sex act charges

NEW YORK – Harvey Weinstein’s attorney says that his defense is set to “begin our fight” in the courtroom after his client pleaded not guilty to rape and criminal sex act charges in New York.

Weinstein appeared before a judge in Manhattan Tuesday after a grand jury charged him last week with raping a woman in a hotel room and forcing another to perform oral sex in his office.

Benjamin Brafman called the case against Weinstein “imminently defensible” based on what they have learned about the evidence.

He says that as bad as the crime of rape is, it’s equally reprehensible to be falsely accused.

His bail was previously set at $1 million, allowing him to remain free while he awaits trial. He is scheduled to return to court Sept. 20.

Brafman says Weinstein is “holding up reasonably well.”

Dozens more women have accused the disgraced Hollywood producer of sexual misconduct. Prosecutors say those allegations remain under investigation.

Weinstein denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, has challenged the credibility of the alleged victims.

 

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