Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to Rape in NY

Harvey Weinstein charged with rape and other abuse charges in sexual assault cases

Harvey Weinstein charged with rape, sex abuse and other crimes

Benjamin Brafman said that Weinstein should not be tried for the prevailing Hollywood culture, and insisted that he had not acted criminally.

Weinstein lumbered into a police station early Friday wearing a blazer and carrying books including "Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution", about the Broadway musical duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and "Elia Kazan", about the famed film director. With Weinstein's arrest comes a new chapter for the #MeToo movement.

"Assuming we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case", he said.

"I haven't come out of the shock of it yet", she said.

He has been charged with rape, criminal sex conduct act, sex abuse, and sexual misconduct against two women, the New York Police Department said.

The actress and Kelly said they believe that vocal women like McGowan "shamed Cy Vance", the Manhattan district attorney, into bringing the charges against Weinstein after Vance was accused of dragging his feet and not pursuing previous allegations. Since Evans and others came forward, scores of women have shared their own stories of suffering sexual assault and harassment - stories that have implicated powerful men in Hollywood and beyond, from media and literature to politics and music.

Weinstein, he said, was coping "as well as can be expected when accused of a crime that you have not committed".

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"I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't, ' " she told the New Yorker, adding, "He's a big guy".

Asked about the raft of allegations that made Weinstein a symbol of sexual misconduct, Brafman said: "Bad behavior is not on trial in this case".

Evans was among the first women to speak out about the producer.

Today, AP employs the latest technology to collect and distribute content - we have daily uploads covering the latest and breaking news in the world of politics, sport and entertainment. If convicted on the most serious charges, Weinstein could face between five and 25 years in prison. Some women's groups, including the Hollywood activist group Time's Up, accused the Democrat of being too deferential to Weinstein and too dismissive of his accusers. First-degree rape is a class B felony in NY state and carries a sentence of 5 to 25 years in prison. Weinstein must also wear an electronic monitor, surrender his passport and can not travel beyond NY or CT.

The charges follow a months-long investigation that involved the Manhattan district attorney's office. His attorney told reporters outside court that Weinstein meant to plead not guilty to all four charges announced Friday.

Weinstein, for his part, maintains that he is innocent of wrongdoing, saying any sexual encounters that he engaged in were perfectly consensual. Al Franken, chef Mario Batali, casino magnate Steve Wynn and, most recently, Democratic New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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