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Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to charges he assaulted a 3rd woman

09 July 2018

Speaking outside the courthouse, lawyer Benjamin Brafman said his client - who was described as looking "pasty and pale" by reporters - was innocent.

Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced Hollywood producer, pleaded not guilty to three additional sex crime charges in Manhattan Criminal Court in NY on Monday.

An updated indictment unveiled last week alleges the movie mogul-turned-#MeToo villain performed a forcible sex act on a woman in 2006.

NY state Supreme Court Justice James Burke rejected prosecutors' request to order house arrest for Weinstein, allowing him to remain free on the $1 million bail that has been in effect since he pleaded not guilty in June to charges he assaulted two other women, one in 2004 and one in 2013.

Gloria Allred said outside court Monday that she doubts Weinstein's lawyer would allow him to do the same because it would subject him to cross-examination by prosecutors.

"We fight these battles one day at a time, and today we won this round", defence attorney Ben Brafman said outside court.

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The 66-year-old disgraced Hollywood mogul was escorted by elbow into the court room in handcuffs, his face pasty and pale, and dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and dark tie. He was also charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault-a Class A felony that carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Weinstein was one of the most powerful figures in the film industry until previous year, when The New Yorker and The New York Times published accounts from several women accusing him of various forms of sexual assault and misconduct.

Haleyi said Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006 in what appeared to be a child's bedroom in his Manhattan apartment. "This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward". Weinstein was sacked from the Weinstein Company, which has since filed for bankruptcy and been sold off.

Mr Weinstein, who produced movies including "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love", has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex, with his attorney challenging the credibility of his accusers.

The attorney said that Weinstein was trying to clear his name so he could "hopefully go back to making movies". A couple of TV satellite trucks were parked across the street, and about three dozen members of the media filled the courtroom. "Mr Weinstein is not a predator; he is not a rapist and I believe that when this case is over we will ultimately see him be exonerated".

Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to charges he assaulted a 3rd woman