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Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty on Rape Charges

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Harvey Weinstein, who was arrested in late May on charges of rape, a criminal sex act and sex abuse after turning himself in, later released on a $1 million cash bail, plead not guilty in New York court today.

According to Reuters, Weinstein, speaking through his attorney Benjamin Brafman, claimed he has “never had non-consensual sex.”

Last week, Weinstein was indicted by a grand jury on two cases of rape and sexual assault. As the Associated Press reports, prosecutors from the Manhattan district attorney’s office did not name the victim in the criminal complaint, who alleges Weinstein cornered her in a hotel room and raped her. The other accuser, marketing consultant/previously-aspiring actor Lucia Evans, told the New Yorker in October of last year that Weinstein coerced her into performing oral sex on him in 2004.


If Weinstein is convicted, he faces five to 25 years in prison.

The number of women who have accused Weinstein of sexual assault and misconduct is somewhere close to 90. While it’s unknown how many of these cases will make it to court, London’s Metropolitan Police and Los Angeles prosecutors are currently investigating accusations of sexual assault against Weinstein in those cities.

Senior Writer, Jezebel. My debut book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands, is out now.

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If only you consented it’s not consensual sex.