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Editor’s Note: This report deals with sexual assault charges.
Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault charges on Wednesday in a Los Angeles County courtroom. He is accused of sexually assaulting five women in separate incidents spanning nearly a decade.
Weinstein is already serving a 23-year prison sentence for rape and sexual abuse in New York City. He was extradited to California on Tuesday morning for his arraignment.
According to an indictment filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney and unsealed Wednesday, the alleged incidents took place between 2004 and 2013. The formal charges include four counts of rape and forced oral copulation, two counts of coercive sexual assault and a number of forceful sexual penetrations.
In a statement released Wednesday, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said: “Anyone who abuses their power and influence to prey on others will be brought to justice.
According to the NBC subsidiary in Los Angeles, the former film producer was arraigned in a wheelchair by sheriff’s deputies. Weinstein is expected to return to court on July 29.