Film producer Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape charges

NEW YORK NY- JUNE 5 Harvey Weinstein and attorney Benjamin Brafman arrive at State Supreme Court

NEW YORK NY- JUNE 5 Harvey Weinstein and attorney Benjamin Brafman arrive at State Supreme Court

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

Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.

The charges involve two different victims, including former actress Lucia Evans, who alleges that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him during an audition in 2004.

"Mr Weinstein has denied these crimes".

Weinstein remains free, having posted $1 million bail. And as awful a crime as rape is, it is equally reprehensible to be falsely accused of rape.

The former film producer has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women.

The fall of Weinstein triggered a tsunami in the United States (US) society as many women came forward with similar accusations against other powerful men in the entertainment world, the media and government. If so, it could help serve as a reminder of the need to fight sexual harassment and to empower women, says TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey.

The film will be called Predator, and De Palma, who is best known for iconic films such as Carrie, The Untouchables and Scarface, has said the character will be inspired by Weinstein, but will have a different name.

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After leaving a court in Manhattan, New York, on Tuesday, his lawyer, Ben Brafman, told reporters that the case was "imminently defensible" based on what they had learned about the evidence.

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The 66-year-old producer, whose career imploded in a blaze of accusations of sexual misconduct and abuse from dozens of women that triggered the global #MeToo movement, could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

"I think today is the first day of this process".

In court, Brafman reiterated that there was no potential of a conflict of interest because he never met Thompson and only became "aware of her existence several days ago".

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance brought the charges against Weinstein after a lengthy investigation.

He has also surrendered his passport and has agreed to stay within the states of NY and CT.

His next scheduled court appearance is September 20.

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