Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to new sex assault charge

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The 66-year-old disgraced Hollywood mogul was escorted by elbow into the court room in handcuffs, his face pasty and pale, and dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and dark tie.

One of the other two accusers has not been identified publicly, but told investigators that Weinstein cornered her in a hotel room and raped her in 2013. But the defense argued against changing his bail conditions and later announced the court had agreed.

Lawyer Ben Brafman said the movie mogul-turned-#MeToo villain is essentially working as his paralegal and that they're stacking up "overwhelming evidence" from email traffic and witness accounts to refute allegations that, so far, have led to criminal charges involving three of the dozens of women who've accused Weinstein of wrongdoing.

"His objective is to clear his name, get help with the problems he has faced and hopefully go back to making movies", said Brafman.

Earlier charges included two counts of rape and one count of criminal sexual act.

Weinstein was subdued throughout the hearing, pleading "not guilty" and responding "yes, sir" when the judge told him to stay away from his accusers.

Reporting by The New York Times and New Yorker that brought down Weinstein and spawned the sexual harassment watershed won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, the most prestigious award in United States journalism.

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Haleyi said Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006 in what appeared to be a child's bedroom in his Manhattan apartment.

London police and Los Angeles prosecutors have also been reviewing sexual assault accusations against Weinstein.

Prosecutors, saying the new charges were "significantly more serious", had sought to have Weinstein forced to move to Manhattan and placed on house arrest.

Film actress Rose McGowan, who alleged Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah. They include film actress Rose McGowan, who said Mr Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah; Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, who said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992; and the Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe, who said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008.

If you are a survivor of the predatory abuse with which Mr. Weinstein is charged, there is still time to pursue justice.

Through his company and Miramax, Weinstein won plaudits and awards for movies including Shakespeare in Love, Pulp Fiction, Sex, Lies and Videotape, The Crying Game and The King's Speech.

The #MeToo movement has seen people around the world come forward with cases of sexual mistreatment, leading to the downfall of powerful men across multiple industries.

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