Weinstein pleads not guilty, released on bail

Published 07-09-2018

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NEW YORK (AP) – Harvey Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was released on bail on Monday while fighting sex crime accusations that now include a third woman.

"We fight these battles one day at a time, and today we won this round," defense attorney Ben Brafman said outside court. Brafman said during an arraignment that he expects more charges.

Weinstein pleaded not guilty after he was brought into the courtroom while handcuffed from behind, then uncuffed for the proceeding.

An updated indictment unveiled last week alleges the movie mogul-turned-#MeToo villain performed a forcible sex act on a woman in 2006. The new charges include two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison upon conviction.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the 66-year-old Weinstein is charged with "some of the most serious sexual offenses" that exist under state law.

"Mr. Weinstein maintains that all of these allegations are false and he expects to be fully vindicated," Brafman said.

More than 75 women have accused Weinstein, who was one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, of wrongdoing as allegations detailed in Pulitzer Prize-winning stories last October in The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine swelled into the #MeToo movement.

Several actresses and models accused Weinstein of criminal sexual assaults. They include: film actress Rose McGowan, who said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah; "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra, who said he raped her in her New York apartment in 1992; and the Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe, who said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008.

Weinstein, who produced movies including "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love," has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex, with his attorney challenging the credib

More than 75 women have accused Weinstein, who was one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, of wrongdoing as allegations detailed in Pulitzer Prize-winning stories last October in The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine swelled into the #MeToo movement.

Several actresses and models accused Weinstein of criminal sexual assaults. They include: film actress Rose McGowan, who said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah; "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra, who said he raped her in her New York apartment in 1992; and the Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe, who said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008.

Weinstein, who produced movies including "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love," has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex, with his attorney challenging the credibility of his accusers.

The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly.

Weinstein, who produced movies including "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love," has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex, with his attorney challenging the credibility of his accusers.

The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly.

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Harvey Weinstein, left, arrives to court, Monday, July 9, 2018, in New York. Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was due in court on Monday for arraignment on charges alleging he committed a sex crime against a third woman. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) - The Associated Press


Harvey Weinstein arrives to court, Monday, July 9, 2018, in New York. Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was due in court on Monday for arraignment on charges alleging he committed a sex crime against a third woman. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) - The Associated Press


Harvey Weinstein, with his attorney Benjamin Brafman, right, leaves a Manhattan courthouse, Monday, July 9, 2018, in New York. Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was released on bail on Monday while fighting sex crime accusations that now include a third woman. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) - The Associated Press


Attorney Gloria Allred talks to reporters after Harvey Weinstein leaves court in New York, Monday, July 9, 2018. Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was released on bail on Monday while fighting sex crime accusations that now include a third woman. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) - The Associated Press


Attorney Benjamin Brafman talks to reporters after Harvey Weinstein leaves court in New York, Monday, July 9, 2018. Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was released on bail on Monday while fighting sex crime accusations that now include a third woman. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) - The Associated Press


Harvey Weinstein, left, and his attorney Benjamin Brafman, center, leave Supreme Court, in New York, Monday, July 9, 2018. Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was released on bail on Monday while fighting sex crime accusations that now include a third woman. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) - The Associated Press


Harvey Weinstein, left, with his attorney Benjamin Brafman, center, leaves a Manhattan courthouse, Monday, July 9, 2018, in New York. Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was released on bail on Monday while fighting sex crime accusations that now include a third woman. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) - The Associated Press


Harvey Weinstein, left, is escorted in handcuffs as he arrives in Supreme Court, in New York, Monday, July 9, 2018. Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was released on bail on Monday while fighting sex crime accusations that now include a third woman. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) - The Associated Press


Harvey Weinstein, center left, and his attorney Benjamin Brafman, center right, leave court, Monday, July 9, 2018, in New York. Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was released on bail on Monday while fighting sex crime accusations that now include a third woman. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) - The Associated Press


Harvey Weinstein, center, with his attorney Benjamin Brafman, far right, leaves a Manhattan courthouse, Monday, July 9, 2018, in New York. Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was released on bail on Monday while fighting sex crime accusations that now include a third woman. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) - The Associated Press


Harvey Weinstein, left, and his attorney Benjamin Brafman, right, leave court, Monday, July 9, 2018, in New York. Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was released on bail on Monday while fighting sex crime accusations that now include a third woman. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) - The Associated Press


Harvey Weinstein, center, and his attorney Benjamin Brafman, center right, leave court, Monday, July 9, 2018, in New York. A judge has ordered that Weinstein be released on continued bail while fighting sex charges. Weinstein pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) - The Associated Press


Harvey Weinstein is escorted in handcuffs to a courtroom in New York, Monday, July 9, 2018. Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was due in court for arraignment on charges alleging he committed a sex crime against a third woman. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) - The Associated Press


Harvey Weinstein arrives to court, Monday, July 9, 2018, in New York. Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was due in court on Monday for arraignment on charges alleging he committed a sex crime against a third woman. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) - The Associated Press


Benjamin Brafman, attorney for Harvey Weinstein, arrives to court, Monday, July 9, 2018, in New York. Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was due in court on Monday for arraignment on charges alleging he committed a sex crime against a third woman. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) - The Associated Press


Harvey Weinstein arrives to court, Monday, July 9, 2018, in New York. Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was due in court on Monday for arraignment on charges alleging he committed a sex crime against a third woman. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) - The Associated Press