Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape, sex assault charges

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, publicly accused of sexual misconduct and rape by dozens of women since the first stories of his behavior broke last fall, setting off the waves of reports that would become the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, reportedly pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Harvey Weinstein who has been indicted on charges of two counts of rape and one first-degree criminal sex act charge in New York State after surrendering to authorities on May 30, according to his lawyer Benjamin Brafman is denying all accusations of “nonconsensual sexual activity” and fully expects to be exonerated. On Tuesday, he entered a not guilty plea to the New York Supreme Court.

The 66-year-old film producer appeared at a Manhattan court for the hearing on Tuesday, his first public appearance since he was first charged less than two weeks ago. He wore a black suit and tie, and was accompanied by his lawyer Benjamin Brafman as he arrived at the court to a crowd of reporters and photographers.

“We believe that they are constitutionally flawed. We believe that they are not factually supported by the evidence and we believe that by the end of the process, Mr Weinstein will be exonerated” his Lawyer said.

One of the women pressing charges against Weinstein remains unknown, but marketing consultant Lucia Evans confirmed to the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow that she was the other victim. “At a certain point, you have to think about the greater good of humanity, of womankind,” she said. Police sources described Evans as “a highly credible witness with corroborating evidence.”

If his case makes it to trial, it will arguably be the first major legal battle of the Time’s Up movement. (Bill Cosby was found guilty of sexual assault earlier this year, but the Cosby case began well before Time’s Up took off.) Weinstein is currently out on bail, set at $1 million. He is allowed to travel between New York and Connecticut.

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