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Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape and sexual assault charges again

Weinstein pleads not guilty

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of rape and sexual assault for a second time.

The jailed producer offered up the same plea back in July when the charges were first presented, after he was extradited to Los Angeles from his prison home in New York.

The charges were tossed due to statute of limitations issues, but prosecutors saw fit to bring a new indictment against Weinstein last month, and this was presented in court on Monday.

Wearing a brown jail jumpsuit and a mask, wheelchair-bound Weinstein agreed to waive trial deadlines as he made it clear he wasn't going to plead guilty to the sex crimes.

Meanwhile, the Oscar winner's attorney, Mark Werksman, told the court his client is struggling with his confinement at the Twin Towers jail in Los Angeles, which he likened to "solitary confinement."

"He can't walk and he can't see," Werksman added.

Prosecutors filed a motion on Monday asking the court to allow several Weinstein accusers to testify at trial in support of the five women whose claims pertain to the 11 counts against the producer. The motion was filed under seal.

Werksman countered, accusing the District Attorney and his officials of "opening up a water cannon of allegations against Mr. Weinstein through numerous uncharged alleged victims".

Werksman has also filed a motion to dismiss the entire case.

A hearing is set for Dec. 8.



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