Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape and sexual assault charges

Read			Harvey Weinstein Faces New Rape Allegation in Class Action Lawsuit

Read Harvey Weinstein Faces New Rape Allegation in Class Action Lawsuit

Harvey Weinstein appeared in court in NY on Tuesday, to plead not guilty on rape and criminal sex act charges.

Weinstein, 66, entered his plea in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday morning, the New York Daily News reported, after a grand jury indicted him last week in two cases. The disgraced film producer has maintained his innocence since allegations surfaced.

After leaving a court in Manhattan, New York, on Tuesday, his lawyer, Ben Brafman, told reporters that the case was "imminently defensible" based on what they had learned about the evidence.

"I think today is the first day of this process".

"We begin our fight now", Brafman said.

"It reminds us of just the real importance and the urgency of making a change in the film industry when it comes to gender parity", Bailey told the Star.

Actress Lucia Evans says Weinstein forced her perform a sex act.

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Following the wave of allegations - which helped spark the "Me Too" anti-workplace sexual harassment movement - Weinstein has repeatedly denied his accusers' claims of nonconsensual sex.

After Weinstein was charged on May 25, Mr Brafman said in a statement outside the Manhattan court: "We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges". It is equally reprehensible to be falsely accused of rape. Weinstein is out on $1 million bail and prohibited from traveling outside the states of NY and CT. The lawyer has said the unidentified woman who accused Weinstein of rape had a decade-long, consensual sexual relationship with him that continued after the alleged 2013 attack.

The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assaults unless they come forward publicly.

Indeed, it is the same Brafman who defended the former International Monetary Fund director against the same Manhattan prosecutor, Cyrus Vance.

Brafman also said he thought the unnamed victim could come out after he filed subpoenas.

The appearance marked Weinstein's second appearance at the court in the space of two weeks, as he was arraigned late last month on charges of rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse, and sexual misconduct.

He has also surrendered his passport and has agreed to stay within the states of NY and CT.

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