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Weinstein pleads not guilty, released on bail

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Harvey Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was released on today while fighting sex crime accusations that now include a third woman.

"We fight these battles one day at a time, and today we won this round," defense said outside court. Brafman said during an arraignment that he expects more charges.

Weinstein pleaded not guilty after he was brought into the courtroom while handcuffed from behind, then uncuffed for the proceeding.

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

The new charges include two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison upon conviction.

said the 66-year-old Weinstein is charged with "some of the most serious sexual offenses" that exist under

"Mr Weinstein maintains that all of these allegations are false and he expects to be fully vindicated," Brafman said.

More than 75 women have accused Weinstein, who was one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, of wrongdoing as allegations detailed in Pulitzer Prize-winning stories last October in Times and magazine swelled into the #MeToo movement.

Several actresses and models accused Weinstein of criminal sexual assaults. They include: film Rose McGowan, who said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah; "Sopranos" Annabella Sciorra, who said he raped her in her apartment in 1992; and the Norwegian Natassia Malthe, who said he attacked her in a hotel room in 2008.

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

generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 20:20 IST
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