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Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape in court

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Writer-producer Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape and criminal sex act charges in court in New York City. 

Disgraced writer-producer Harvey Weinstein appeared in court in New York City today (Tuesday 5 June) and pleaded not guilty to all rape and criminal sex charges made against him by numerous women.

After being indicted by a grand jury last week the media mogul appeared in New York Supreme Court to deny charges made against him by two women.

One alleged victim, who has not been identified publicly, has accused Weinstein of cornering her in a hotel room and then raping her. The other accuser, former actress Lucia Evans, has gone public with her account of how the Hollywood producer forced her to perform a sex act on him at his office in 2004.

If convicted, Weinstein could face up to 25 years in prison for either offence.

Weinstein faces additional investigations in Los Angeles, London, and by the US federal government.

Harvey Weinstein and his lawyer Benjamin Brafman arriving at court 

Benjamin Brafman, Weinstein’s lawyer said: “We are going to file a series of legal motions that will get us more information and may impact the process, and if we are successful there may not be a trial - and if there is a trial we will proceed expeditiously and vigorously to try and clear Mr Weinstein’s name.”

The former film producer has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women – including several high-profile actresses such as Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex and is due back in court on 20 September.

Weinstein is currently free on $1million (£751,000) bail. He has agreed to wear a GPS tracker and to surrender his passport.

You can read more on the allegations made against Harvey Weinstein here.

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