Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Assault Charges

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The battle lines in Harvey Weinstein's criminal case grew sharper on Tuesday as the movie mogul pleaded not guilty to rape and criminal sex act charges in NY and his lawyer promised a fight.

Harvey Weinstein accompanied by his attorney Benjamin Brafman arrives Tuesday for his appearance in Supreme Court in NY.

In a report published by Ronan Farrow at The New Yorker last October, Sorvino accused Weinstien of sexual harassment in the 1990s.

Brafman says Weinstein is "holding up reasonably well".

A DE bankruptcy judge says six women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct can proceed with their class action lawsuit against the television and film company he co-founded.

In the past, Brafman had said that Weinstein denied any allegations of "non-consensual sex". Detectives found little physical evidence of an attack and have been unable to secure proof that Weinstein was at the hotel when the woman says the rape occurred.

"This case has some unique issues I intend to address", said Weinstein's attorney Benjamin Brafman at the proceeding as he said he would "vigorously defend" his client against the charges.

To date, almost 90 women have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexually harassing or assaulting them.

Brafman, who previously argued that the high-profile nature of the case and #MeToo movement placed unfair political pressure on prosecutors to secure a conviction, added: "As bad as the crime of rape is, it is equally reprehensible to be falsely accused".

The women have reportedly claimed that the company knew of Weinstein's alleged behavior.

The charges stem from an incident in 2004 in which Lucia Evans said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex.

Prosecutors from the Manhattan district attorney's office did not name the two women accusing Weinstein of sexual assault in the criminal complaint filed against him following a months-long investigation with the New York Police Department. Through her law firm, Thompson said she was comfortable with being named publicly.

"A Grand Jury has voted to indict Harvey Weinstein on charges of Rape in the First and Third Degrees, and Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree", Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement.

Harvey Weinstein was showered with cash and benefits while running The Weinstein Company, and now the full scope of what he flushed down the drain is on display as his employment contract becomes public. Weinstein will be in court on September 20 for the next major pretrial hearing.

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