Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was led into a New York City courtroom again on Monday, his hands cuffed behind his back, to face the latest sex crime charges filed by the Manhattan district attorney’s office. Weinstein, 66, pleaded not guilty at the arraignment to additional charges of predatory sexual assault and criminal sexual act, stemming from an alleged 2006 incident with a third woman.
Weinstein was released on bail, but, during the arraignment, his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said he expects even more charges to be brought against his client. “We fight these battles one day at a time, and today we won this round,” Brafman declared, though it wasn’t clear what victory his team had pulled off. “Mr. Weinstein maintains that all of these allegations are false and he expects to be fully vindicated,” Brafman said.
Gloria Allred, the attorney representing the accuser in the case, told reporters outside the courthouse that her client, who has yet to publicly come forward, plans to testify if the case goes to trial. Cyrus R. Vance Jr., Manhattan’s district attorney, has said Weinstein is charged with “some of the most serious sexual offenses” possible under state law.
Weinstein has faced allegations of various forms of sexual misconduct from more than 80 women. He has already pleaded not guilty on charges of rape and criminal sex acts and has been allowed to stay at home while wearing an electronic monitoring device, per his initial bail agreement. Weinstein is also facing criminal investigations by authorities in Los Angeles and London.
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