Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty in Los Angeles to sexually assaulting 5 women

Weinstein has already been sentenced in New York.

Weinstein, 69, appeared in court on Wednesday after being extradited from New York. He faces four counts of forced rape and oral copulation, two counts of forcible sexual assault and one count of forcible sexual penetration, the Los Angeles County prosecutor said.

A grand jury released the indictment on March 15 for the sexual assault charges, which allegedly took place in hotels between 2004 and 2013.

“Anyone who abuses their power and influence to attack others will be brought to justice,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.

Weinstein is due to return to court for a July 29 hearing.

He is currently serving a 23-year sentence after being found guilty of criminal sexual assault and third degree rape in New York City in February 2020. He was serving his sentence at Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York. His lawyers appealed the rape conviction in April.

Allegations against Weinstein, who co-founded film studio Miramax, helped fuel the #MeToo movement after more than 80 women accused him of sexual harassment and misconduct in 2017.

Charges in the Los Angeles indictment allege Weinstein raped a woman between September 2004 and September 2005 and raped another woman twice in 2013, according to the district attorney. They also allege Weinstein sexually assaulted a woman in 2010 and two others in separate incidents in 2013.

The case is still under investigation by the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office of Investigation.

Weinstein’s legal team had has already argued against his extradition to LA due to health issues.

“We will fight to ensure that Harvey receives the medical care he needs and of course, that he is treated fairly,” said spokesperson Judah Engelmayer, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “Due process, the presumption of innocence and a fair trial are always his right.”

Alex Stone reports the case for ABC News Radio:

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