Monday 18 June 2018

Weinstein in not guilty plea in first cases against him

Harvey Weinstein (second from right) leaves court in Manhattan yesterday. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Harvey Weinstein (second from right) leaves court in Manhattan yesterday. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Gareth Davies

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of rape and sexual assault in the first cases involving the disgraced producer to be tested in criminal court since scores of accusers emerged last year.

Weinstein (66) entered his plea in Manhattan Supreme Court, the 'New York Daily News' reported, after a grand jury indicted him last week in two cases.

Weinstein turned himself in at a New York police station on May 25, and was taken to court in handcuffs for his initial arraignment.

A judge ordered him released on a $1m (€850,000) cash bail on condition that he surrender his US passport and agree to wear a location-tracking device.

He was ordered to remain in New York state or Connecticut.

More than 70 women have accused Weinstein, the co-founder of the Miramax film studio and The Weinstein Co, of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some allegations dating back decades, all of which he has denied.

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.

Irish Independent

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