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United States: Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to sexual assault and rape charges in Los Angeles


Harvey Weinstein has always denied the facts, in New York and Los Angeles, claiming his accusers consented.

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Former film producer Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty Wednesday, July 21 in Los Angeles court to 11 charges of sexual assault and rape of five women in California. “The conviction is registered”, Judge Sergio Tapia said after a lawyer spoke on behalf of Harvey Weinstein, who was in the courtroom in a wheelchair and dressed in a brown jumpsuit.

Harvey Weinstein had been serving a 23-year prison sentence for sexual assault and rape in New York since 2020. He was transferred Tuesday to Los Angeles, a city where he once had a great influence, to answer the new charges. In California, Harvey Weinstein is notably accused of having raped a female Italian model in a Beverly Hills hotel in February 2013, then of sexually assaulting Lauren Young, an aspiring actress, in the bathroom of another hotel. .

He faces up to 140 years in prison, in addition to his New York conviction. “Anyone who abuses their power and influence to attack others will be brought to justice”, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon said. Harvey Weinstein has always denied the facts, in New York and Los Angeles, claiming his accusers consented.



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