Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has pleaded not guilty in a courtroom in Los Angeles to all 11 charges of rape and sexual assault towards 5 girls in California resort rooms.
The convicted rapist has been introduced again to the town the place he as soon as presided over large, industry-shaking movie offers to face extra charges that might lead to a further 140 years in jail.
"The not guilty plea is entered," stated Judge Sergio Tapia, after an legal professional spoke on behalf of Weinstein, who was current within the courtroom in a wheelchair and sporting a brown jumpsuit.
He has been serving a 23-year jail sentence for sexual assault in New York since final yr.
Weinstein was transferred to Los Angeles yesterday for a second trial by which he’ll face new charges.
The as soon as omnipotent Hollywood producer's downfall was seen as a significant victory for the #MeToo motion.
The 69-year-old left the Wende jail in upstate New York and was handed over "to the appropriate officials for transport to the state of California per a court order," a spokesman for the New York jail authorities stated in an announcement.
Los Angeles police confirmed Weinstein "was brought to LA stemming from an extradition warrant that was issued for several felony sexual assault charges".
Legal efforts to cease the extradition in Los Angeles did not attain court docket.
"We are disappointed that the Los Angeles district attorney didn't wait for the judge's ruling, but we did expect this to happen at some point," Weinstein's spokesman, Juda Engelmayer, advised AFP.
"We will be fighting so that Harvey can receive his needed medical care and, of course, so that he can be treated fairly."
According to California legislation, Weinstein's trial should start inside 120 days of his extradition, which might be in mid-November.
based mostly on web site supplies www.rte.ie