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Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to 11 sexual assault charges in a Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday, a day after he was moved across the country from his New York prison.
Weinstein, 69, appeared in a wheelchair in the hearing, while a medical mask covered his mouth and sat under his nose.
His use of a wheelchair reflects what his attorneys have said is his deteriorating physical health in recent years. During his criminal trial in New York early last year, he arrived to court each day using a walker, and he appeared at his sentencing in March 2020 in a wheelchair.
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In the short court hearing Wednesday, Weinstein did and said little. His lawyers filed a motion to dismiss three of the 11 counts against him, saying the statute of limitations has expired. The attorney also requested a medical evaluation, which the judge granted.
The 11 charges include four counts of forcible rape, four counts of forcible oral copulation, two counts of sexual battery by restraint, and one count of sexual penetration by use of force. The alleged assaults involve five women between 2004 and 2013.
His next court appearance is July 29.
The court hearing comes nearly four years after investigative stories byWeinstein's alleged history of sexual abuse, harassment and secret settlements as he used his influence as a Hollywood power broker to take advantage of young women.
Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman Finalize Divorce Almost 4 Years After Split
Chapman announced she was divorcing Weinstein in October 2017 after he was accused of sexual harassment and assault Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman are officially divorced. Their divorce was finalized in New York City almost four years after Chapman, 45, announced their split in October 2017. A judge signed the final order of divorce on July 8, according to the Los Angeles Times.Weinstein's rep, Juda Engelmayer, tells PEOPLE "Harvey's only thoughts are happiness for his family and the hope that his children are always cared for and happy.
The revelations led to a wave of women speaking publicly about the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and harassment in what's known as the #MeToo movement.
Weinstein wasof first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape and is serving a 23-year prison sentence at a maximum security prison outside of Buffalo. He did not testify in his own defense, but at his sentencing last March he offered an unexpected, rambling speech that oscillated between remorse, defense of his actions and confusion.
"I'm not going to say these aren't great people, I had wonderful times with these people, you know," Weinstein said of the women who accused him of assault. "It is just I'm totally confused and I think men are confused about all of these issues."
Due to his declining health, his attorneys have decried the lengthy prison term as a. His legal team earlier this year, saying a biased judge and a biased juror tainted the trial.
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Last month, a New York judge approved his extradition to Los Angeles County for him to face further charges.
He was originally charged in Los Angeles County inwith sexually assaulting two women in separate incidents over a two-day period in 2013. In April, that stems from an alleged incident at a Beverly Hills hotel in May 2010, and in October prosecutors .
He has denied the allegations, according to his spokesman Juda Engelmayer.
"Harvey Weinstein has always maintained that every one of his physical encounters throughout his entire life have been consensual. That hasn't changed," Engelmayer said.
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