Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty in state court in Manhattan on Monday to the most serious sex-crime charges he is currently facing.
Last week, a grand jury indicted Weinstein — who already was indicted in May for rape and sexual assault of two alleged victims — on two counts of predatory sexual assault and one count of first-degree criminal sex act of a third alleged victim. Predatory sexual assault, a felony which includes committing sex crimes against multiple people, carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and maximum of life in prison.
Weinstein, 66, is out of jail on $1 million bail and is wearing an electronic monitoring device. On Monday, prosecutors asked that Weinstein’s bail conditions be changed, because of the additional more serious charges, and that he be held under house arrest in Manhattan.
“Obviously the defendant does stand a substantial chance of going to jail for a very long time,” said Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi.
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.
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