Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to New Sexual Assault Charges
Prosecutors also tried to put him under house arrest for the remainder of the case.
Harvey Weinstein pled not guilty to the newest charges of sexual assault on Monday as prosecutors tried to place him under house arrest until his criminal case plays out. Weinstein was cuffed behind his back for his Manhattan Supreme Court appearance, which happened just one week after he was indicted on new charges of predatory sexual assault. The charges could land him behind bars for life. Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi argued that Weinstein should be placed on house arrest because of the seriousness of the potential prison sentence. Weinstein’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said that house arrest was not necessary since Weinstein has already surrendered his passport and is wearing a location-monitoring ankle bracelet.
Weinstein, who has previously denied all allegations of non-consensual sex, is free on $1 million bail. He has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting as many as 80 women and was charged in May with rape and criminal sexual acts of two separate women in 2013 and 2004. The latest charges are linked to a third accuser, production assistant Mimi Haleyi, who has accused Weinstein of a forcible sex act in 2006, reports Page Six.
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