Harvey Weinstein appears in court and pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges

Harvey Weinstein appeared in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault charges.

The disgraced Hollywood producer, 69, was present in a wheelchair after he was extradited from New York.

He is currently serving a 23-year jail sentence for similar crimes.

During his criminal trial in New York early last year, Weinstein arrived at court using a walker and was also in a wheelchair for his sentencing in March 2020.

Weinstein now faces 11 counts of sexual assault in LA which relate to alleged incidents with five women.

He continues to insist he is innocent and claims that any sexual activity he was involved in was consensual.

The charges he faces include forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by restraint, and sexual penetration by use of force.

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They are said to have taken place between 2004 and 2013 in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles hotels.

If he were convicted, Weinstein could face a maximum sentence of 140 years.

He appeared in court wearing brown prison overalls and a face mask and spoke only to say "thank you" after Judge Sergio Tapia wished him "good luck".

Talking after the hearing, Weinstein's lawyer Mark Werksman said that the allegations made against his client weren't credible.

He said: "They are baseless, they are from long, long ago, they are uncorroborated."

Weinstein is also appealing the convictions which were given to him in New York last year.

To date, over 80 women have accused the producer of sexual misconduct, with several of the accusations being from decades ago.

However, only a small number of the allegations have so far led to criminal charges.

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Reported allegations made against Weinstein in 2017 helped to increase the support around the #MeToo movement, which encouraged people to share their personal experiences of sexual harassment and assault.

During the hearing on Wednesday, Weinstein's lawyer requested his client had a health examination.

He told reporters: "He's going blind in one eye."

This motion was granted by the judge and Weinstein is set to next appear in court on July 29.

Movies produced by Weinstein include Shakespeare in Love and The Hateful Eight.

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