Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to Rape and Sex Crimes Charges

Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, June 5, to felony rape and criminal sex act charges, the Associated Press reports.

Melissa Thompson, one of the women filing the class action lawsuit, said she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein during a 2011 meeting to discuss a new marketing tool.

Weinstein is scheduled to be arraigned in NY on rape and criminal sex act charges.

Vance said the indictment brings Weinstein "another step closer to accountability for the crimes of violence with which he is now charged". Weinstein later posted bail for $1m.

He says that as bad as the crime of rape is, it's equally reprehensible to be falsely accused.

The two women are among scores who have accused the Hollywood mogul of sexual misconduct ranging from rape to harassment.

The accusations, first reported by the New York Times and the New Yorker past year, gave rise to the #MeToo movement, in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment of misconduct. The other accuser, former actress Lucia Evans, has gone public with her account of Weinstein forcing her to perform oral sex at his office in 2004.

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Brafman says the rape complaint came from a woman who had a 10-year affair with Weinstein, but the information was not confirmed. "And since Mr. Weinstein has denied these allegations, that's where we are", said Ben Brafman, Weinstein's attorney.

Speaking outside the court shortly after, Mr Brafman said: "Today is the first day of this process, we begin our fight now". He has steadfastly denied all accusations of non-consensual sex.

Weinstein was forced to maneuver through the throngs of reporters and cameramen who lined up outside the building to try and coax a comment from him.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. has called it predictable that Weinstein's camp would attack the integrity of the women and of the legal system.

"Thompson was led to believe that Brafman and Spiro were representing victims against Weinstein", said the law firm representing her, Hagens Berman.

He was ordered to remain in NY state or CT.

The appearance marked Weinstein's second appearance at the court in the space of two weeks, as he was arraigned late last month on charges of rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse, and sexual misconduct.

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