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09 June 2018, 02:45 | Joann Bryant
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Film producer Harvey Weinstein during his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York Thomson Reuters NEW YORK (Reuters) - Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to enter a plea in a New York court on Tuesday to charges of rape and sexual assault, the first cases involving the disgraced producer to be tested in criminal court since scores of accusers emerged previous year, New York court documents showed.
He was processed at the station house, the First Police Precinct, and arraigned in a NY court on charges of first-degree rape and third-degree rape in one case, and first-degree criminal sex act in another, law enforcement officials said.
Dozens more women have accused him of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to assault.
Brafman says the rape complaint came from a woman who had a 10-year affair with Weinstein, but the information was not confirmed.
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Weinstein has repeatedly denied allegations he has engaged in non-consensual sex with women, and his attorney has called the charges in NY "constitutionally flawed". "We begin our fight now", he said, adding his defense would include trying to force prosecutors to drop the case. Another unnamed woman accused Weinstein of rape in 2013.
To date, almost 90 women have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexually harassing or assaulting them. "As awful a crime as rape is, it is equally reprehensible to be falsely accused of rape".
Attorney Gloria Allred, a longtime champion of women's rights who has represented numerous women accusing comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault, was reportedly in the courtroom, seated in the gallery. The other accuser, former actress Lucia Evans, has gone public with her account of Weinstein carrying out a sexual assault in 2004.
Prosecutors from the Manhattan district attorney's office reportedly met privately with another woman on Monday after she and two other plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against Weinstein.
In court, Brafman seized on the report about the meeting as further proof that his client was the victim of unsubstantiated claims and other prejudicial information he says is being leaked by authorities.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. has said it was predictable that Weinstein's camp would attack the integrity of the women and of the legal system.
He remains free, having posted $1 million bail. A judge ordered the two sides back in court in late September.
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