Harvey Weinstein Pleads 'Not Guilty' to Rape Charges in NY Supreme Court
On June 5, 2018, Harvey Weinstein appeared in front of the New York Supreme Court and pled not guilty to three felony counts – two counts of rape and one charge for a first-degree criminal sex act. According to Weinstein’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, he has remained free after posting a $1 million cash bail.
The current charges against Harvey Weinstein involve two incidents, one occurring in 2004 and the other in 2013. While the alleged victim in the 2013 rape case has not been publicly identified, sources say the 2004 allegations involve actress, Lucia Evans, who claims Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his office.
Harvey Weinstein gave himself up to authorities on May 25 of this year, several months after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct. Weinstein was indicted by a grand jury on three felony counts on May 30, 2018, and is scheduled to appear in court on September 20, 2018, for a hearing.
A class action lawsuit was also filed against Harvey Weinstein on June 1, 2018, by alleged victims of rape and/or sexual assault. Weinstein’s former employers, the Walt Disney Company and Miramax are also named in the lawsuit, with claims that the companies are liable for his actions during his employment.
The Harvey Weinstein scandal has empowered women around the country to take a stand against those who have used their position of power for their own sexual gain. The #MeToo movement has given women the strength to stand up for their rights in the workplace and beyond.
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