Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty, released on bail

Film producer Harvey Weinstein is led handcuffed by police into his hearing at Manhattan Criminal Court

Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty, released on bail

"I can tell you that we are no longer simply relying on Mr. Weinstein's denials", Brafman said outside a New York City courthouse after Weinstein pleaded not guilty to new charges alleging he performed a forcible sex act on a woman in 2006. He looked ashen and appeared to have shed some weight from his hulking frame. Predatory sexual assault, a serious felony which involves committing sex crimes against multiple people, carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and maximum of life in prison.

Other than three replies of "yes, sir" when questioned by the judge about names listed on a protection order, the father of five did not speak during the 15-minute hearing in the packed Manhattan courtroom.

Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said the number of Weinstein accusers "shows the breadth of the criminality here". But the defense argued against changing his bail conditions and later announced the court had agreed.

Weinstein still faces almost a dozen lawsuits filed by some of the 80 women who have accused him of sexual assault and harassment.

Weinstein previously forfeited his passport and is fitted with an electronic monitoring bracelet.

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The next hearing has been scheduled for September 20.

"A Manhattan Grand Jury has now indicted Harvey Weinstein on some of the most serious sexual offenses that exist under New York's Penal Law", Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said in a statement.

The 66-year-old has denied all charges of non-consensual sex.

Brafman told reporters he had "corroborative evidence" in the form of witnesses and email traffic to support Weinstein´s case.

Brafman said that prosecutors may file additional charges against Weinstein.

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If you are a survivor of the predatory abuse with which Mr. Weinstein is charged, there is still time to pursue justice. In an impromptu press conference on the steps of the court house, Brafman said he had emails to defend Weinstein and added that "he is not a rapist or a predator".

More than 75 women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing as allegations detailed in Pulitzer Prize-winning stories last October in The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine swelled into the #MeToo movement. Weinstein's fall helped lead to an industry-wide reckoning, one that led to charges of assault or misbehavior being leveled against other powerful figures such as Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Matt Lauer, and Brett Ratner.

Film actress Rose McGowan, who alleged Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah.

The other, former actress Lucia Evans, says she was allegedly forced to perform a sex act at his office in 2004. Dozens of women have come forward in recent months to accuse the producer of assaulting or harassing them.

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