National News

Hollyweird Icon Harvey Weinstein Charged With Rape, Other Sex Crimes #Hollyweird #Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein did not “invent the casting couch in Hollywood,” his lawyer said Friday in defending him against charges he raped and sexually assaulted two women.

“My job is not to defend behavior. My job is to defend something that is criminal behavior,” the lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, told a throng of reporters outside Manhattan Criminal Court.

Trending: German Govt Insiders Predict Merkel Will Be Ousted From Office By Week’s End #Germany #Merkel

“Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood. To the extent that there’s bad behavior in that industry, that is not what this is about. Bad behavior is not on trial in this case.”

Brafman’s comments came moments after the 66-year-old disgraced filmmaker appeared in court on rape and criminal sex act charges involving two women in 2004 and 2013 and was released on $1 million cash bail, CBS reports.

Weinstein entered a plea of not guilty Friday to rape and other charges from encounters with two women, his attorney said. The former powerhouse movie producer stared grimly as he appeared in a Manhattan court.

Seven months after the allegations destroyed his career and catalyzed the #MeToo movement, Weinstein turned himself in to face the charges, which stem from encounters with two of the dozens who have accused him of sexual misdeeds ranging from harassment to assault.

Federal authorities have also been investigating Weinstein since at least January.

“This defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually,” Manhattan Assistant Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said in court. Weinstein grimaced and raised his eyebrows as he heard her words.

CLICK HERE FOR RELATED NEWS.

Weinstein has consistently denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex. His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said Friday that he would fight to get the charges dismissed, saying they’re factually unsupported and constitutionally flawed. And he began to take aim at the accusations and accusers, noting that the alleged attacks weren’t reported to police when they happened and suggesting potential jurors wouldn’t believe the women.

“Assuming,” he added, “we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case.”

IF YOU ENJOYED THIS NEWS STORY, CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
May 25th, 2018