Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty To New Charges, Released On Bail


The debate about bail took up most of the 15-minute arraignment.

He argued that Weinstein should be allowed to remain in CT because that is where he felt most comfortable, and because he can continue to be close to his doctors and his children, who are also staying at the Westport home.

"We fight these battles one day at a time, and today we won this round", defence attorney Ben Brafman said outside court. They include: the film actor Rose McGowan, who said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah; the Sopranos actor Annabella Sciorra, who said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992; and the Norwegian actor Natassia Malthe, who said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008. He was uncuffed for the proceeding and didn't say much other than entering his plea. Weinstein suddenly turned back in a panic about the whereabouts of his wallet.

"He is a brilliant maker of movies and scripts and is trying to pursue other projects", Brafman said.

"Not guilty", the former producer replied when asked how he pleaded to the new charges, which include two counts of predatory sexual assault for allegedly forcing a woman into oral sex on July 10, 2006.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says Weinstein is indicted "on some of the most serious sexual offences" under NY penal law and has urged other potential victims to come forward. In addition to the NY criminal proceedings, authorities in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and the United Kingdom are also pursuing potential criminal charges. She said she doubted Weinstein would do the same.

"Are you really willing to roll the dice and hope and pray that your client will be able to answer questions under oath not only about this alleged third victim, but about other alleged victims as well?"

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Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said the number of Weinstein accusers "shows the breadth of the criminality here".

The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly. Allred said her client is "not going to be giving any interviews and she'd like to maintain her privacy".

Reporting by The New York Times and New Yorker that brought down Weinstein and spawned the sexual harassment watershed won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, the most prestigious award in USA journalism.

But away from court, he has led a quiet, industrious life, spending time developing scripts at his CT oceanfront estate as the criminal proceedings against him inch forward, according to new details revealed a NY courthouse.

Weinstein now faces a total of six charges connected to incidents involving three women. Evans was one of the first women to accuse Weinstein publicly last fall.

Weinstein, who produced movies including "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love", has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex, with his attorney challenging the credibility of his accusers. "God help all of us if that's how the criminal justice system is allowed to work".