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Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges in NY

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Weinstein was being arraigned on three counts of sexual misconduct, including first-degree and third-degree rape and first-degree commission of a criminal sexual act, stemming from a 2004 incident involving Lucia Evans and a 2013 incident with an unnamed accuser.

Weinstein appeared before a judge in Manhattan Tuesday after a grand jury charged him last week with raping a woman in a hotel room and forcing another to perform oral sex in his office.

The decision was made by the court that Weinstein will return to court on September 22 for a hearing on motions in his case.

On the steps of the courthouse, Brafman also told journalists that the charges against Weinstein were "eminently defensible, based on what we have learned".

After Weinstein pled not guilty, Brafman addressed the court.

Weinstein turned himself in at a NY police station on May 25, and was taken to court in handcuffs for his initial arraignment.

"We intend to fight this in the courtroom".

Stay with The 405 for more on Weinstein's trial as it unfolds.

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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. Boyce told ABC News.

"Everything that's come out makes him the most despicable of these people who have been exposed for their sexual misconduct", he said.

Weinstein has reportedly spent months in treatment for sex addiction.

The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assaults unless they come forward publicly. His wife Georgina Chapman left him, and leading figures in politics whom he had supported denounced him.

The New York Times had said in a report that as part of a bail package negotiated in advance, Weinstein will put up $1 million in cash and will agree to wear a monitoring device.

Once one of the biggest power centres in Hollywood for independent cinema, Weinstein had a spectacular fall from grace after a New York Times investigation unveiled his history of sexual misconduct.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office is now reviewing five investigations into the 66-year-old - two brought by Beverly Hills police and three that were investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department's elite Robbery-Homicide Division.

"Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood", Brafman said.

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