Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to sex crime charges, released on bail

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

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

Prosecutors contend Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on the woman in 2006. Each count of Predatory Sexual Assault carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life behind bars.

"My client will testify under oath at the trial", she said.

More than 70 women, mostly young actresses and other women employed in the movie business, have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including rape, in a series of incidents dating back decades.

Harvey Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to a third charge of sexual assault.

"Mr. Weinstein is not a predator, he is not a rapist and I believe when this case is over we will ultimately see him to be exonerated", defense attorney Benjamin Brafman told journalists after Monday's hearing.

A judge released Weinstein on the same $1 million bail he posted at his first arraignment involving two other accusers and was allowed to return to his Westport, Connecticut home.

Reporting by The New York Times and New Yorker that brought down Weinstein and spawned the sexual harassment watershed won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, the most prestigious award in United States journalism.

Former actress Lucia Evans told The New Yorker that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex and is thought to be one of the women.

London police and Los Angeles prosecutors have also been reviewing sexual assault accusations against Weinstein. They include: the film actor Rose McGowan, who said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah; the Sopranos actor Annabella Sciorra, who said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992; and the Norwegian actor Natassia Malthe, who said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing the third woman, talks to reporters after Weinstein left court Monday.

Weinstein has steadfastly denied all accusations of nonconsensual sex.

NY police said in early November that they were investigating allegations by another Weinstein accuser, Boardwalk Empire actress Paz de la Huerta, who told them in October that he raped her twice in 2010.

Weinstein, the producer of hit indie films such as "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love", was a force in Hollywood, renowned for his ability to pick art house fare that could cross over into the mainstream, and feared for his volatile temper.

The district attorney urged other accusers to come forward.

If you are a survivor of the predatory abuse with which Mr. Weinstein is charged, there is still time to pursue justice.

The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they consent to being identified publicly.

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