Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape, sex assault charges

Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape, sex assault charges

The producer, who has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex and plead not guilty this morning in a New York City courtroom, purchased the nearly 5.75-acre oceanfront estate in two transactions, the first in 1994 and the second in 2000, for a total of just under $8.25 million. The most serious rape charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

Weinstein, who appeared in court in a dark blazer, jeans and a tie, uttered only a few words at the brief arraignment hearing in Manhattan.

More than 80 women, including prominent Hollywood celebrities such as Gywneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Ashley Judd, Uma Thurman and Asia Argento, have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including rape with some allegations dating back to decades.

Brafman says Weinstein is "holding up reasonably well". The other, unidentified woman, told investigators that Mr. Weinstein had raped her in a hotel room. The other accuser, former actress Lucia Evans, has gone public with her account of Weinstein carrying out a sexual assault in 2004.

The charges in NY are the first to surface in the months since more than 80 women came forward to accuse Weinstein of a range of misconduct, from harassment to rape.

"TWC and other defendants not only knew about but endorsed Mr. Weinstein's conduct", attorney Jeff Waxman, who represents the plaintiffs, said in court, according to Variety.

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For Bennett Gershman, a law professor at Pace University in NY and a former federal prosecutor, Weinstein is the "worst of the worst".

The #MeToo movement has seen people around the world come forward with cases of sexual mistreatment, leading to the downfall of powerful men across industries, including Oscar victor Kevin Spacey. Weinstein pleaded not guilty Tuesday to rape and criminal sex act charges in NY.

The New York Times had said in a report that as part of a bail package negotiated in advance, Weinstein will put up $1 million in cash and will agree to wear a monitoring device. She told her story in October to The New Yorker. He went to Arizona for sex addiction therapy.

Gershman said Weinstein faces an uphill climb.

Weinstein already faces a slew of civil lawsuits, is reportedly under federal investigation and his former studio has filed for bankruptcy. He was ordered to remain in NY state or CT.

London's Metropolitan Police and Los Angeles prosecutors have said they are reviewing accusations of sexual assault against him.

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