Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to Rape and Criminal Sex Charges

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 25: Harvey Weinstein arrives for arraignment at Manhattan Criminal Courthouse in handcuffs after being arrested and processed on charges of rape, committing a criminal sex act, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct on May 25, 2018 in New York City. The former movie producer faces charges in connection with accusations made by aspiring actress Lucia Evans who has said that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Manhattan office in 2004. Weinstein (66) has been accused by dozens of other women of forcing them into sexual acts using both pressure and threats. The revelations of the his behavior helped to spawn the global #MeToo movement. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and a criminal sexual act.

The disgraced movie mogul appeared Tuesday morning in New York state Supreme Court in Manhattan. His bail was set at $1 million, which he already posted.

His next scheduled court appearance is Sept. 20.

If convicted on the most serious charges, Weinstein could be sentenced to prison for between five and 25 years.

A grand jury indicted Weinstein late last week.

The charges follow an avalanche of accusations that following their publication in October led women around the world, some famous and many who are not, to come forward with accounts of being sexually harassed and assaulted by powerful men.

 

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