NEW YORK (Reuters) ― Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of rape and sexual assault, his lawyer said, in the first cases involving the disgraced producer to be tested in criminal court since scores of accusers emerged last year.
More than 70 women have accused the Miramax film studio’s co-founder of sexual misconduct, including rape, in a series of incidents dating back decades. The accusations gave rise to the #MeToo movement, which has seen hundreds of women publicly accusing powerful men in business, government and entertainment of sexual harassment and abuse.
Weinstein, 66, left Manhattan Supreme Court without speaking to reporters. Defense attorney Benjamin Brafman and Justin Henry, a spokesman for the prosecutor, confirmed that Weinsteinhad pleaded not guilty.
“Mr. Weinstein has denied these crimes. He has never engaged in non-consensual sex with anyone,” Brafman told reporters. “As terrible a crime as rape is, it is equally reprehensible to be falsely accused of rape. In his view, he has been falsely accused of rape.”
Weinstein turned himself in at a New York police station on May 25, and was taken to court in handcuffs for his initial arraignment. A judge ordered him released on a $1 million cash bail on condition that he surrender his U.S. passport and agree to wear a location-tracking device. He was ordered to remain in New York state or Connecticut.
After all of this; this slime bag and his high-priced ambulance chasers have pleaded NOT GUILTY. Does that surprise anyone??
More than 70 women have accused the worm of various sexual assaults and he still contend none of them are telling the truth.
I know that it is an ambulance chaser responsibility to get his client off, regardless of what the crime is; BUTT I find it very hard to accept that some of these silver-tongued bloviators can sleep at night, depending on who they are defending and what crimes they committed.
It must be like working in a soap factory where they kill horses to make the soap. The stench is unbearable. For the first few days the putrid aroma is too much for most to bear, BUTT a few days go by and they get used to it.
The same with some ambulance chasers. After they have a few unsavory cases under their belts, they get used to the stench of defending and pleading not guilty for, rapists, murders, terrorists and the worst of the worst. I guess when they check their balance in the check books, that helps sooth all the pain.
I am anxious to see how this circus pans out for Wineburger. I have a news flash for the guilty as sin hog. Win, lose or draw, it is going to cost him millions. He can bet bet the ambulance chaser are on the clock , working by the hour and are going to drag this out as long as they possibly can.
FOLKS; it is just like the hospitals. If they cure you, you get a bill; if you happen to be one of the less fortunate and buy the farm, your family still gets the bill. I would say, in both cases, the ambulance chasers and hospitals have a good thing going.
Leading attorneys in the U.S. are asking as much as $1,250 an hour, significantly more than in previous years, taking advantage of big clients’ willingness to pay top dollar for certain types of services.
The last time I looked, Wineburger had about 5 or 6 surrounding him. That come out to 7,500$ an hour x 10 hours a day minimum x 5 days a week X 26 weeks (6 months) = 9.7500,000$ – most probably, this thing will drag out for a year, so we can double that to 19,500,000$.
Old Wineburger may have to sell all of his toys to pay the tab. All I can say, he deserves the stiffest penalty possible.