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

Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty To Rape Charges

By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to rape and criminal sex act charges in New York.

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Weinstein is accused of raping a woman in a hotel room and forcing another to perform oral sex in his office, according to The Associated Press.

Weinstein turned himself in to authorities last month. He was charged with one count each of first-degree rape, third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sex act.

His bail was previously set at $1 million, allowing him to remain free while he awaits trial.

He has denied allegations that he forced himself on women. His attorney, Benjamin Brafman, last month challenged the credibility of the alleged victims and said his client is confident that he’s going to clear his name. 

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Dozens of people have accused Weinstein of inappropriate sexual behavior, ranging from allegations of rape to claims of sexual harassment, after the Times published a report last year detailing complaints made against Weinstein over nearly three decades. Weinstein, who co-founded entertainment company Miramax, was ousted from his position at The Weinstein Company in the wake of the Times report. 

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New York police opened an investigation into Weinstein in 2015, after a Filipina-Italian model told officers that she was groped by Weinstein without consent. Authorities later said they declined to press charges in the case because of a lack of evidence.

Police said last year that they were working to learn of any additional complaints against Weinstein.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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FILE PHOTO: Harvey Weinstein along with his attorney Benjamin Brafman (L) appears at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday, May 25, 2018. He appeared in court Tuesday to enter a plea.

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A class-action lawsuit filed by three women against Harvey Weinstein Friday includes a new allegation of rape, just days after the former movie executive was indicted on first- and third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act charges in New York City.

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced the criminal indictment Wednesday, less than a week after Weinstein turned himself in to New York police and was arrested on sex crimes charges.

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In the class-action lawsuit filed Friday, Melissa Thompson claims Weinstein raped her in his New York hotel room, where she was meeting with him about a marketing idea for his company in 2011, according to CNN.

Thompson also claims two attorneys who have represented Weinstein obtained evidence from her under false pretenses, according to the report.

The two other women named in Friday’s class-action suit accuse Weinstein of sexual assaults that allegedly took place in 1996 and 2000.

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Uma Thurman accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault

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Uma Thurman accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault

Uma Thurman says she was sexually assaulted by film producer Harvey Weinstein. She described Weinstein's actions in a New York Times interview published Saturday.

Thurman also had criticism for film direction Quentin Tarantino, who she said pressured her to film a dangerous scene in "Kill Bill" which has left her with permanent injuries.

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When asked in October about the sexual assault accusations many actresses have levied at Weinstein, Thurman said she was waiting for her anger to abate before talking about it publicly.

In the New York Times interview, Thurman said she developed a professional relationship with Weinstein after the success of "Pulp Fiction." At the time, Weinstein was very supportive and instrumental in her career, Thurman said.

Thurman described two encounters with Weinstein that were inappropriate. The first encounter was in a Paris hotel room, where he put on a bathrobe and led her to a steam room. She was fully dressed and balked at joining him, and he ran out of the steam room, Thurman said.

The second encounter was in a London hotel room, where she says Weinstein attacked her and "did all kinds of unpleasant things." Thurman says Weinstein sent her flowers the next day, with a note that read, "You have great instincts."

Thurman told the New York Times she confronted Weinstein about the sexual assault, saying if he did the same thing to other women he would lose his career.

In a statement, Weinstein admitted to making a pass at Thurman but denied sexually assaulting her. 

As for Tarantino, Thurman said he pressured her on the "Kill Bill" set into driving a car that was unsafe. She ended up wrecking and striking a tree. She suffered a concussion, a neck injury and severe damage to her knees. She says she had to fight Tarantino and Miramax for the footage of the accident. Thurman also accused Tarantino of participating in “sadistic” acts on the “Kill Bill” set that were to be performed by actor Michael Madsen.

Liam Neeson says sexual harassment scandals becoming 'a witch hunt'

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Liam Neeson says sexual harassment scandals becoming 'a witch hunt'

According to Liam Neeson, the sexual harassment allegations plaguing Hollywood and other industries are turning into “a bit of a witch hunt.”

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In an interview on Ireland’s “The Late Late Show,” the 65-year-old addressed the growing slew of accusations in the industry stemming from the bombshell claims against Harvey Weinstein in October, reported The Hill.

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“There is a bit of a witch hunt happening too. There’s some people, famous people, being suddenly accused of touching some girl’s knee or something, and suddenly, they’re being dropped from their program or something,” Neeson said.

Neeson was referring to the story of NPR’s radio host and writer Garrison Keillor, who was fired from Minnesota Public radio after being accused of inappropriate behavior with a co-worker, according to the New York Post.

According to the actor, the incident regarding Keillor differed from those involving Kevin Spacey, who was disgraced after news broke of him allegedly displaying inappropriate behavior toward a then 14-year-old Anthony Rapp in 1986, and Harvey Weinstein.

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Neeson went on to describe that the allegations lobbied against Dustin Hoffman were “childhood stuff.”

“I think Dustin Hoffman … I’m not saying I’ve done similar things like what he did, apparently, he touched a girl’s breast and stuff, but it’s childhood stuff,” Neeson said.

The accusations against Hoffman include exposing himself and groping a teenage intern on one of his movie sets.

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The “Taken” star continued his statements by acknowledging that the #MeToo movement has been positive for all industries.

“There is a movement happening and it’s healthy, and it’s across every industry. The focus seems to be on Hollywood, but it’s across every industry,” he said.

 

Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein assaulted as he leaves Arizona restaurant

A video obtained by TMZ shows accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein being physically assaulted as he leaves a restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Weinstein was reportedly dining at an establishment called Elements when he was approached by a fellow diner identified only as Steve who asked for a photograph. Weinstein politely declined, and continued his meal.

As Weinstein was leaving the restaurant, Steve followed the disgraced Hollywood producer and lunged for him, slapping him twice while his friend filmed the altercation.

Hollywood was rocked by allegations against Weinstein toward the end of 2017,when dozens of women came forward to say they were sexually harassed by the movie mogul — allegations he initially denied.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie were both among those who came forward with their own experiences with Weinstein, saying that the powerful movie producer sexually harassed them. Several other women then accused Weinstein of rape, according to a report from The New Yorker.

The New York Times reported Thursday that, over decades, Weinstein reached eight settlements with women who accused him of unwanted physical contact and sexual assault.

In October, TMZ reported that Weinstein flew from Los Angeles to Arizona for treatment in an inpatient program. The news came shortly after his wife, designer Georgina Chapman, announced their separation.

“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband,” Chapman said in a statement to PEOPLE. “Caring for my young children is my first priority, and I ask the media for privacy at this time.”

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“I sat down with my wife Georgina, who I love more than anything, and we discussed what was best for our family,” Weinstein said in a statement the day after Chapman’s announcement. “We discussed the possibility of a separation and I encouraged her to do what was in her heart. In the end, she made the decision to separate.”

The two have since reached a settlement on their divorce.

Weinstein and Chapman are parents to India Pearl, 7, and Dashiell Max Robert, 4. 

Weinstein was also fired from his film studio hours after he reportedly emailed a plea to Hollywood CEOs and moguls to prevent the ousting.

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