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Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to Los Angeles sexual assault charges

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Weinstein, 69, appeared in a wheelchair at the hearing, with a medical mask covering his mouth and under his nose.

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His use of a wheelchair reflects what his lawyers have said, his deteriorating physical health in recent years. During his criminal trial in New York early last year, he appeared in court every day with a walker and appeared in a wheelchair at his sentencing in March 2020.
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In Wednesday’s brief court hearing, Weinstein did and said little. His lawyers have filed a motion to drop three of the 11 charges against him because the statute of limitations has expired. The lawyer also requested a medical evaluation, which the judge allowed.

The 11 charges included four counts of forced rape, four counts of forced oral copulation, two counts of sexual assault through restraint and one count of sexual penetration through use of force. Five women were involved in the alleged assaults between 2004 and 2013.

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His next court hearing is on July 29.

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The court hearing comes almost four years after investigative stories from The New York Times and The New Yorker Revealed Weinstein’s alleged history of sexual abuse, harassment and secret settlements, while using his influence as a power broker in Hollywood to take advantage of young women.

The revelations sparked a wave of women speaking publicly about the ubiquity of sexual abuse and harassment in what is known as the #MeToo movement.

Harvey Weinstein faces 6 more sexual assault charges in Los AngelesHarvey Weinstein faces 6 more sexual assault charges in Los Angeles
Weinstein was found guilty in New York last year of first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape and is serving a 23-year sentence in a maximum security prison outside Buffalo. He did not testify in his own defense, but at his sentencing last March, he delivered an unexpected, rambunctious speech that fluctuated between regret, defense of his actions and confusion.

“I’m not going to say these aren’t great people, I’ve had great times with these people, you know,” Weinstein said of the women who accused him of assault. “It’s just that I’m all confused and I think men are confused about all these issues.”

Due to his declining health, his lawyers have dismissed the long prison term as a: de facto life sentence. His legal team appeal registered earlier this year, a biased judge and a biased juror said the trial was tainted.

Last month, a New York judge approved his extradition to Los Angeles County so he could be prosecuted.

He was originally charged in Los Angeles County in… January 2020 sexually assaulting two women in separate incidents over a two-day period in 2013. In April, prosecutors added an additional charge arising from an alleged incident at a Beverly Hills hotel in May 2010, and prosecutors in October added six new charges.

He denies the allegations, according to his spokesman Juda Engelmayer.

“Harvey Weinstein has always maintained that all of his physical encounters throughout his life have been by mutual consent. That has not changed,” Engelmayer said.

CNN’s Lauren del Valle contributed to this report.

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