Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to sex charges

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty Monday in downtown Los Angeles to sexual intercourse-similar legal counts involving 5 females, including a restored cost that had been dismissed by a choose.

Weinstein’s lawyers have submitted a movement beneath seal in which they ask Los Angeles County Exceptional Court docket Judge Lisa B. Lench to dismiss the entire indictment, and are thinking of whether or not to file new courtroom papers contesting the challenged count of sexual battery by restraint against a female in May well 2010.

What You Need to have To Know

  • Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty Monday in downtown Los Angeles to sexual intercourse-associated prison counts involving 5 ladies
  • The hottest grand jury indictment, handed up Aug. 18, charges Weinstein once more with the challenged depend of sexual battery by restraint towards a lady in May possibly 2010
  • Weinstein was extradited July 20 from New York, exactly where he has been sentenced to 23 years in jail
  • Weinstein, who continues to be in jail without the need of bail, is owing back in courtroom Oct. 25

Meanwhile, prosecutors have filed a motion — also less than seal — to confess evidence of uncharged alleged equivalent perform by Weinstein.

Weinstein is owing back in the downtown Los Angeles courtroom Oct. 25, with a listening to set Dec. 8 on the motions.

“We intend to challenge the contents of this indictment, as properly as an hard work by the prosecution to introduce proof of other uncharged alleged victims in this case,” a single of Weinstein’s lawyers, Mark Werksman, informed reporters outdoors court. “We are heading to check out like hell to make certain he will get a reasonable demo, but it is rough. It really is challenging, primarily when you have the men and women, as I pointed out, mainly teaching a drinking water cannon of uncharged allegations at him. They are attempting to throw all the things, such as the kitchen sink, at him, and we are striving to restrict the proof that is offered so that it’s good, so that it really is admissible and so that Mr. Weinstein can get a truthful trial, but that’s a problem.”

Los Angeles County prosecutors to begin with charged Weinstein in January 2020 with forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and sexual penetration by use of power involving one particular female on Feb. 18, 2013, and sexual battery by restraint involving one more girl a day later.

Weinstein, now 69, was subsequently charged in April 2020 with sexual battery by restraint — the depend that has been the subject of a legal battle. In November 2020, prosecutors added six a lot more counts — 3 counts each and every of forcible rape and forcible oral copulation — involving two alleged victims in Beverly Hills concerning 2004 and 2010.

The grand jury subsequently indicted Weinstein on the similar expenses.

Los Angeles Outstanding Court docket Decide Lisa B. Lench initially sustained the defense’s challenge to the count of sexual battery by restraint at a July 29 hearing, but agreed to allow the prosecution the option to find a grand jury indictment to amend the indictment.

The most current indictment alleges that Weinstein was “continually billed” with that crime given that April 2020 and as a result of Aug. 12, when the choose once more sustained the defense’s obstacle to that count, which was dismissed that working day.

Weinstein’s lawyers experienced unsuccessfully challenged two other counts — forcible oral copulation and forcible rape involving one more alleged target amongst September 2004 and September 2005.

Weinstein was extradited July 20 from New York, the place he has been sentenced to 23 decades in prison for raping an aspiring actress and a criminal intercourse act against a previous creation assistant.

Werksman famous that his client has supplied up his suitable to a demo within just 120 times of him staying moved to Los Angeles simply because “there is no way we could get all the important matters in this scenario adjudicated within that time period of time,” and that the trial is not probable to take place until subsequent spring at the earliest.

Weinstein’s lawful workforce experienced tried out to block his transfer from New York to Los Angeles until eventually he was “medically suit” to be moved. A court docket document filed in Los Angeles by the protection contended that Weinstein was in “urgent require of professional medical treatment to save his eyesight, and that this cure could consider anyplace from 24 to 36 months.”

“All those clinical problems are currently being dealt with to the greatest of the county’s ability,” Weinstein’s attorney said exterior courtroom of his consumer, who was brought into court docket in a wheelchair. “We are doing work with the county. We are relying on their skills to ensure that he receives the treatment he wants.”

Weinstein generated such films as `Shakespeare in Like, which in 1999 been given the greatest photograph Oscar, and “Pulp Fiction.”