Charges of sexual assault and rape: Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty

The conviction is registeredJudge Sergio Tapia said after a lawyer spoke on behalf of Harvey Weinstein, who was in the courtroom in a wheelchair and dressed in a brown jumpsuit.

Harvey Weinstein, whose fall is seen as a major victory for the #MeToo movement, had been serving a 23-year prison sentence since 2020 for sexual assault and rape in New York. He was transferred Tuesday to Los Angeles, the city where he once had immense influence, to answer these new charges.

In total, nearly 90 women, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rosanna Arquette, have accused Harvey Weinstein of harassment or sexual assault. But the statute of limitations has been exceeded in many of these cases.

In California, Harvey Weinstein is notably accused of having raped a female Italian model in a Beverly Hills hotel in February 2013, then of having sexually assaulted Lauren Young, an aspiring actress, in the bathroom of another hotel. .

Anyone who abuses their power and influence to attack others will be brought to justice, promised Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon.

Wednesday’s hearing was mostly held behind closed doors.

Harvey Weinstein’s attorney, Mark Werksman, has notably called for three of the charges dating back to 2004 to be dropped because of the expiration of the statute of limitations.

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