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Harvey Weinstein pleads NOT guilty to rape charges, gets trial delayed
Harvey Weinstein faces rape charges and pleads not guilty. The trial against the 67-year-old has been delayed to January.

67 year old Kill Bill producer Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault and rape charges against him. He has had his trail pushed to January.

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The 67-year-old film producer appeared in New York court and pleaded not guilty to charges for raping a woman back in 2013 and initiating forcible sex act on another woman in 2006.

Weinstein has reportedly denied claims made by over 70 women for sexual misconduct. A third accuser, Annabella Sciorra, who is an actress is to appear in court on Monday to give her testimony. Therefore, a new indictment has been filed by the prosecutors.

HBO’s The Sopranos actress claimed that Weinstein raped her in 1993 at her Manhattan apartment. She will be represented by Gloria Allred, who handles high-profile cases regarding sexual abuse.

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However, as the alleged assault took place many years ago, she would not be listed as a plaintiff in the new case. Prosecutors intend to use her testimony to strengthen their claim that Weinstein is a sexual predator.

The film producer for movies such as Kill Bill, Inglourious Bastards and Django Unchained, pleaded not guilty for 5 criminal charges. Charges in the indictment include, predatory sexual assault and rape.

Harvey Weinstein had been arrested in May 2018 and appeared in Manhattan court due to rape charges.

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Assistant district attorney, Joan Illuzzi, stated that Harvey “used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually.”

However, Weinstein’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, strongly denied any claims made against his client about non-consensual sexual activity. “I anticipate that the women who have made these allegations, when subjected to cross examination, in the event that we get that far, that the charges will not be believed by [the jury],” he stated.

Additionally, he said, “To the extent that there is bad behaviour in that industry, that is not what this is about. Bad behaviour is not on trial in this case.”

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If convicted, the Weinstein could face a life sentence in prison.


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