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Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape and criminal sex act charges

Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape and criminal sex act charges in New York City.


The disgraced producer walked into court for an arraignment on two counts of rape and one first-degree criminal sex act charge.

Weinstein denied all allegations of nonconsensual sexual activity, and he's remained free after posting $1 million cash bail, according to his attorney, Benjamin Brafman.

"Under the circumstances, he's holding up reasonably well. No one can be happy to be in the position that he is in," Brafman said Tuesday outside court.

"As terrible a crime as rape is, it is equally reprehensible to be falsely accused of rape, and since Mr. Weinstein has denied these allegations, that's where we are," he added.

The charges stem from allegations from two women -- one involving an incident in 2004, and one in 2013 -- according to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

Weinstein surrendered to authorities on May 25, seven months after The New Yorker and The New York Times published accounts from several women accusing him of various forms of sexual misconduct.

The accounts unleashed a flood of accusations against Weinstein that emboldened women around the world to accuse powerful men of sexual harassment as part of the #MeToo movement.

As more women came forward with allegations against Weinstein, the New York Police Department and the Manhattan DA's Office launched a joint investigation culminating in the charges. A grand jury indicted Weinstein on three felony counts on May 30.

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