Weinstein made his first appearance in court Wednesday morning, a day after he was extradited from New York. The LA County District Attorney’s office said he pleaded not guilty to four counts of forcible rape and forced oral intercourse, two counts of lewdness by restraint and one count of sexual penetration by force. , the LA district attorney’s office said.
“Anyone who abuses their power and influence to prey on others will be brought to justice,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.
Weinstein is accused of raping a woman at a hotel between September 2004 and September 2005, according to a news release. He is also accused of raping another woman on two separate occasions in November 2009 and November 2010 at a Beverly Hills hotel.
The charges also include sexually assaulting another woman at a Beverly Hills hotel in May 2010, and sexually assaulting two women in separate incidents in 2013.
A grand jury returned the indictment on March 15. The former Hollywood producer is scheduled to return to court on July 29.
The incident is being investigated by the DA office, and the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills police departments.
New York prison officials handed over Weinstein for transport to California on Tuesday to face additional sexual assault charges, ending his lengthy battle to delay his extradition. .
Weinstein, 69, was released by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision at around 9:25 a.m., a department statement said.
His spokesman, Juda Engelmayer, said Weinstein’s lawyers were still trying to negotiate an extradition waiver.
“We’re going to fight so that Harvey can get the medical care he needs and, of course, so he can be treated fairly,” Engelmayer said. “The due process, the presumption of innocence and a fair trial, it’s all still his right.”
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