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Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges in LA court

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Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to a slew of sex crime charges Wednesday during his first appearance in a California courtroom on the new round of allegations.

The disgraced producer was rolled into a Los Angeles courtroom in a wheelchair for his arraignment on an indictment charging him with 11 sexual assault counts, including four counts of rape.

His defense lawyers filed a motion to dismiss three of the 11 counts against him, arguing that the statute of limitations had expired.

Weinstein, 69, is already serving a 23-year sentence for rape and sexual assault after his conviction in Manhattan in February 2020.

He was whisked away from the Wende Correctional Facility in upstate New York Tuesday and booked into a downtown LA jail — ending a lengthy fight to stop his extradition to the Golden State.


The fallen movie mogul was indicted by an LA grand jury in April based on allegations that he sexually assaulted five women in the City of Angels and Beverly Hills between 2004 and 2013.

The indictment, unsealed Wednesday, includes counts of rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by restraint and sexual penetration by use of force.

Under California law, prosecutors have 120 days after Weinstein’s arrival to begin court proceedings, meaning a trial must start by mid-November.

The raps could land Weinstein another 140 years to life behind bars, if convicted.

He has maintained his innocence, both in New York and LA, and contends that any sexual activity was consensual.


His next hearing in LA is scheduled for July 29.

With Post wires

Source: Page Six


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