FILE PHOTO: Harvey Weinstein departs New York Prison Courtroom following one other day of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial within the Manhattan borough of New York Metropolis, New York, U.S., February 21, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
July 21, 2021
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein pleaded not responsible on Wednesday to prices of rape and sexual assault involving 5 girls in Los Angeles forward of a second trial.
Weinstein, 69, arrived at Los Angeles Superior Courtroom for his first look there in a wheelchair, carrying a brown jail uniform, after being extradited from New York on Tuesday the place he was serving 23 years in jail for rape and different sexual offenses.
Weinstein has denied having nonconsensual intercourse with anybody and is interesting his 2020 New York conviction and sentence.
In Los Angeles, he faces 11 prices of attacking 5 girls between 2004 to 2013. They embody forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by restraint, and sexual penetration by use of pressure. If convicted, Weinstein might spend the remainder of his life in jail.
Weinstein’s lawyer stated there was no forensic proof or credible witnesses to the allegations.
“They’re baseless, they’re from lengthy, way back, they’re uncorroborated,” Mark Werksman informed reporters outdoors the courthouse.
“We’re assured that if we are able to have a good trial on this case that Mr Weinstein will likely be acquitted,” Werksman stated.
After coming into his not responsible plea by his lawyer on Wednesday, Weinstein was ordered to stay in jail till the following listening to on July 29.
Werksman stated he was in search of dismissal of three prices referring to 2004 and 2005 on the grounds that the ten 12 months statute of limitations in California has expired.
Weinstein, as soon as one of the crucial highly effective males in Hollywood, is accused of raping two girls at resorts in Beverly Hills on separate events, and with sexually assaulting three different girls within the Beverly Hills or Los Angeles areas, in response to the fees.
He had been preventing extradition on medical grounds. Werksman stated he was going blind in a single eye and that he was unable to stroll due to again issues.
Greater than 80 girls have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct going again a long time however solely a handful of the allegations have resulted in felony prices.
He co-founded the Miramax movie studio, whose hit films included “Shakespeare in Love” and “Pulp Fiction.” His movie studio filed for chapter in March 2018.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; extra reporting by Lisa Richwine: Modifying by Grant McCool)