Previous Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein pleaded innocent on Wednesday to charges of rape and sexual assault including 5 women in Los Angeles ahead of a 2nd trial.
Weinstein, 69, got to Los Angeles Superior Court for his first appearance there in a wheelchair, wearing a brownish prison uniform, after being extradited from New York on Tuesday where he was offering 23 years in prison for rape and various other sexual offenses.
Weinstein has rejected sexually attacking anybody as well as is appealing his 2020 New York conviction as well as sentence.
In Los Angeles, he encounters 11 costs of attacking 5 females between 2004 to 2013. They consist of physical rape, physical dental copulation, sex-related battery by restriction, and also sex-related infiltration by utilize of force. If founded guilty, Weinstein could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Weinstein’s attorney said there was no forensic evidence or trustworthy witnesses to the claims. “They are ungrounded, they are from long, long ago, they are unofficial,” Mark Werksman told reporters outside the courthouse. “We are positive that if we can have a reasonable test in this instance that Mr Weinstein will be acquitted,” Werksman claimed.
After entering his innocent appeal via his attorney on Wednesday, Weinstein was bought to stay in jail up until the next hearing on July 29. Werksman claimed he was seeking dismissal of 3 charges connecting to 2004 and 2005 because the one decade law of restrictions in The golden state has run out.
Weinstein, as soon as among one of the most powerful males in Hollywood, is charged of raping two females at hotels in Beverly Hills on separate occasions, and also with sexually assaulting three other women in the Beverly Hills or Los Angeles areas, according to the costs.
He had been battling extradition on medical grounds. Werksman claimed he was going blind in one eye which he was not able to walk due to back issues. More than 80 females have charged Weinstein of sex-related misbehavior returning years but only a handful of the allegations have led to criminal costs.
He co-founded the Miramax film studio, whose hit movies included Shakespeare in Love as well as Pulp Fiction. His film studio applied for personal bankruptcy in March 2018.
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