Weinstein to Plead Not Guilty to Rape and Other Sex-related Charges, Lawyer Says

Hollywood mogul, accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women, posts $1 million bail after turning himself in to police

Harvey Weinstein exits the court room after his arraignment at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 25, 2018 in New York City.
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The lawyer for former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein said Friday that he will plead not guilty to rape and other sexual charges.

"We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges," Benjamin Brafman said. "We believe they are constitutionally flawed. We believe they are not factually supported by the evidence."

Brafman said his defense will be "vigorous" and he believes Weinstein will be exonerated provided a jury can be seated that is not "consumed" by the "Me Too" movement. Weinstein has posted $1 million in bail and has turned over his passport, he said.

Brafman stressed that Weinstein has always maintained that any sexual conduct he engaged in was consensual. "Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch," he said.

Weinstein arrived at a New York City police station earlier Friday to turn himself in. Dozens of women – including actresses Salma Hayek, Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Rose McGowan – have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct

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The allegations against him include rape, sexual abuse, assault and harassment. In some cases, Weinstein allegedly offered to pay the women or coerced them to stay silent. 

Weinstein also faces charges in London and Los Angeles.
According to legal documents filed earlier this year, knowledge of his behavior was so widespread that employees at The Weinstein Company were tasked with preparing a room for Weinstein's sexual encounters, cleaning it up afterwards and returning items of clothing to women who had left them behind.