Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to LA sexual assault chargeson July 21, 2021 at 8:57 pm

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

The disgraced Hollywood producer appears in court in a wheelchair, facing sexual assault charges.

Harvey Weinstein. File photo

image copyrightReuters

Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault charges in a Los Angeles court.

He appeared in court in a wheelchair after being extradited from New York, where he is serving a 23-year jail sentence for similar crimes.

The 69-year-old faces 11 counts of sexual assault in California relating to alleged incidents with five women.

He maintains his innocence and has said any sexual activity was consensual.

The incidents are said to have occurred in hotels in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles between 2004 and 2013.

The charges include forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by restraint, and sexual penetration by use of force.

If convicted, Weinstein could face a maximum sentence of 140 years.

Wearing brown prison overalls and a face mask, Weinstein only spoke only to say “thank you” to Judge Sergio Tapia after she wished him “good luck”.

His lawyer said the charges were not credible.

“They are baseless, they are from long, long ago, they are uncorroborated,” Mark Werksman said after the hearing.

Weinstein is appealing against last year’s conviction in New York.

More than 80 women have accused him of sexual misconduct, and some of the accusations date back several decades.

Allegations reported in 2017 contributed to the rise of the #MeToo movement, which encouraged people to share experiences of sexual harassment and assault.

However, very few of the allegations have led to criminal charges.

The pandemic and procedural delays meant Weinstein’s extradition to California took well over a year.

During the hearing, Mr Werksman requested the former movie mogul have a health examination.

“He’s going blind in one eye,” he told reporters.

Weinstein has produced several hit movies including Shakespeare in Love, which won the Oscar for best picture in 1999.

Follow us on Facebook, or on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts. If you have a story suggestion email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.

- Advertisement -

Discover

Sponsor

Latest

Gilgamesh tablet: US authorities take ownership of artefacton July 27, 2021 at 11:36 pm

The Gilgamesh Dream Tablet was imported illegally into the US before being bought by Hobby Lobby.

US automakers, set to reopen factories Monday, wait and watch on word from Mexico

KEY POINTS Mexico is expected to delay the restart of its “essential” manufacturing operations, including automotive, until June 1. The delay, according to federal...

Myanmar sees deadliest day as 38 protesters killedon March 3, 2021 at 10:16 pm

Security forces are accused of opening fire without warning on protesters in several cities.At least 38 people were killed in Myanmar on Wednesday in...

Priyank Chopra on How to Use the Brain in Healing

Priyank Chopra is best known for his work in hypnosis, healing and spirituality. Priyank Chopra is the author of several books including The Secret....

ICC opens ‘war crimes’ investigation in West Bank and Gazaon March 3, 2021 at 6:13 pm

Israel rejects the court's decision to probe alleged war crimes, while the Palestinians praise it.Israel rejects the court's decision to probe alleged war crimes,...