Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom in a wheelchair on Wednesday one day after he was extradited to California to face 11 new sexual assault charges.
Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty
The Sun reported that Weinstein, 69, pled not guilty to 11 counts of rape and sexual assault. He is facing an additional 140 years in prison if he is convicted on all of these charges.
“Good luck, Mr Weinstein,” the judge said before setting his next court date. The former Hollywood power player responded by simply saying, “thank you very much.”
Weinstein Allegedly Suffering From Medical Issues
Weinstein was seen exiting a private jet on Tuesday, using a walker and being supported by a chest strap as he walked off the plane.
His attorneys claimed that Weinstein was suffering from various serious health issues. They tried to fight his extradition to California from New York. But, they had no luck.
He’s been serving a 23-year prison sentence for other sexual assault charges.
Harvey Weinstein was extradited from New York to Los Angeles Tuesday to face charges that he sexually assaulted five women in the L.A. area.
Weinstein appeared in court Wednesday morning pic.twitter.com/lQ82T4ygi9
— David P Gelles (@gelles) July 21, 2021
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“He has spinal stenosis, he’s going blind in one eye, he’s missing teeth. He really needs urgent medical care,” Weinstein lawyer Mark Werksman told The Daily Mail.
Weinstein’s rep Juda Engelmayer added that his legal team was disappointed that they were not able to successfully stop his extradition.
“We will be fighting so that Harvey can receive his needed medical care and of course, so that he can be treated fairly,” she said. “Due process, presumption of innocence and a fair trial are all still his rights.”
The attorney for #HarveyWeinstein says the charges are baseless, and involve allegations that are very very old. And that they look forward to their day in court. He says they’re trying to get 3 counts dismissed based on the statute of limitations. @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/fBfJQQz7Ja
— Jon Baird (@KNXBaird) July 21, 2021
Prosecutors Fire Back At Weinstein
Weinstein’s lawyers tried to argue that he would not be able to receive the medical care that he needs in Los Angeles, but Erie County assistant district attorney Colleen Gable was not having any of it.
“It’s Los Angeles. It’s not some remote outpost that doesn’t have medical care,” she said. “There is absolutely nothing in either doctor’s report that says this treatment can’t be done in Los Angeles. Los Angeles has some of the best medical care in the country and the world.”
Prior to 2017, Weinstein was arguably the most powerful man in Hollywood and a top Democratic Party donor who counted the likes of Barack and Michelle Obama as personal friends.
That all changed when the #MeToo movement was launched with dozens of women coming forward to accuse him of various sex crimes over the course of decades.
Weinstein has maintained his innocence in the face of any crimes, claiming that all of the sexual encounters that he’s had in his life were consensual.
Nevertheless, Harvey Weinstein was convicted of sexual assault in New York. And, things certainly seem to be heading that way in California.
In the end, it’s unlikely that Weinstein will ever be a free man again.