Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty To Multiple Rape Charges In First Court Appearance

July 21, 2021

By Christy Crawford

Famous film producer Harvey Weinstein, 69, is facing up to 140 years behind bars for multiple rape charges, according to Deadline, and made his first L.A. court appearnce this Wednesday morning. 

Despite Weinstein already being a convicted sex offender due to a 2020 New York prosecution, he entered a plea of “not guilty” through his lawyer, Mark Werksman, on behalf of this west coast case. According to Deadline, the indictment revealed today involves five women (incidents spanning from 2004 to 2013), and includes 4 counts of forcible rape, 4 counts of oral copulation, 2 counts of sexual battery by restraint, and 1 count of sexual penetration by use of force. 

Weinstein was moved across the country for the hearing from his New York prison, according to CNN, but interacted very little during his appearance. The only words to leave his mouth were in response to Judge Sergio Tapia’s “good luck” to which he responded with “thank you very much.”

Sources say that no trial date was set during Weinstein’s appearance today, but he is expected to return to Foltz Criminal Justice Center for a further hearing on July 29th.