Film mogul Harvey Weinstein surrendered to police in New York City to face charges of rape and other sex crimes against two women (more video below).
Weinstein carried biographies of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and Elia Kazan.
The 66-year-old movie mogul was handcuffed in court where he pleaded not guilty to the two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sexual act, notes Reuters.
If found guilty, Weinstein could face between five and 25 years in prison.
Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women, but has denied having nonconsensual sex.
Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi described the allegations at Weinstein’s arraignment:
This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually.
Judge Kevin McGrath released Weinstein on a $1 million cash bail.
Weinstein will have to wear a monitoring device, and will be confined to the states of New York and Connecticut.
Outside the courtroom, Weinstein’s lawyer offered a bizarre defense, reports CBS News:
“Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood, to the extent that there is bad behavior in that industry… Bad behavior is not on trial in this case. It is only if you intentionally committed a criminal act & Weinstein vigorously denies that,” Weinstein’s lawyer says pic.twitter.com/OrWie5sP5z
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 25, 2018
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