>> Harvey Weinstein exiting Manhattan criminal court Tuesday, limping past the cameras after pleading not guilty to charges of rape and sexual assaults. While his lawyer Ben Brafman vowed to fight for his client, saying the charges are, quote, eminently defensible.>> And if there is a trial, we will proceed expeditiously and vigorously to try and clear Mr. Weinstein's name.
>> This is 66-year-old Weinstein's first time back in court since his arrest two weeks ago. Which saw the once-powerful Hollywood producer in handcuffs after he surrendered to police.>> That investigation revealed that this defendant used his position, money, and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually.
>> Weinstein was released after paying $1 million cash bail. Now he's under electronic monitoring and forbidden to travel beyond New York state and Connecticut. The charges stem from allegations made from two women, who are among scores of others who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. He denies ever having non-consensual sex with anyone.
His arrest marks seven months since the New York Times and the New Yorker published accounts of his accusers. Opening the floodgates to more allegations against Weinstein, and then sparking the Me Too movement, toppling dozens of powerful men. If convicted, Weinstein could face up to 25 years of prison.
His next court appearance will be September 20th.