Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault involving five women in Los Angeles prior to his second trial on Wednesday.
Waynestein, 69, went to the Los Angeles High Court for the first time in a wheelchair in brown prison uniform after being handed over from New York on Tuesday after being in prison for 23 years for rape and other sexual crimes. Has arrived.
Weinstein has denied having sex without anyone’s consent and is suing New York’s 2020 conviction and conviction.
Los Angeles faces 11 accusations of attacking five women between 2004 and 2013. This includes forced rape, forced oral copulation, restraint sexual assault, and forced sexual insertion. If convicted, Weinstein can spend the rest of his life in prison.
Weinstein’s lawyer said there was no forensic evidence or credible witness to the allegations.
“They are unfounded, long-standing, and unsubstantiated,” Mark Worksman told reporters outside the court.
“In this case, I’m confident that Waynestein will be acquitted if he can get a fair trial,” Worksman said.
After entering his innocent plea through his lawyer on Wednesday, Weinstein was ordered to stay in prison until the next hearing on July 29.
Welksman said he is seeking dismissal of three charges related to 2004 and 2005 because of the expiration of the California statute of limitations.
Weinstein, once one of Hollywood’s most powerful men, accused him of raping two women on separate occasions at a Beverly Hills hotel and sexually assaulting three other women in Beverly Hills or the Los Angeles area. It has been.
He was fighting hand-over for medical reasons. Weinstein said one eye was blinded and unable to walk due to back problems, although more than 80 women accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct decades ago. Only a handful of allegations have led to criminal charges.
He co-founded the Miramax movie studio, whose hit films included “Shakespeare in Love” and “Pulp Fiction.” His movie studio filed for bankruptcy in March 2018.
Former producer Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty prior to rape trial in Los Angeles
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