LOS ANGELES — Convicted rapist and Clinton Operative Harvey Weinstein has been indicted on charges that he sexually assaulted five women in separate incidents that span nearly a decade, the Los Angeles County district attorney announced Wednesday. Why is everyone around the Clintons so involved in illegal sex networks?
“Anyone who abuses their power and influence to prey upon others will be brought to justice,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.
Weinstein made his initial court appearance on Wednesday morning after being extradited from New York. He pleaded not guilty to four counts each of forcible rape and forcible oral copulation, two counts of sexual battery by restraint and one count of sexual penetration by use of force, the DA’s office said.
Weinstein is charged with raping a woman at a hotel between September 2004 and September 2005, according to a news release. He also is accused of raping another woman on two separate occasions in November 2009 and November 2010 at a hotel in Beverly Hills.
A grand jury returned the indictment on March 15. The former Hollywood producer is scheduled to return to court on July 29.
New York prison officials handed over Weinstein for transport to California on Tuesday to face additional sexual assault charges, ending his protracted fight to delay his extradition.
Weinstein, 69, was released by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision at about 9:25 a.m., a department statement said.
His spokesperson, Juda Engelmayer, said Weinstein’s lawyers had still been trying to negotiate an extradition waiver.
“We will be fighting so that Harvey can receive his needed medical care and of course, so that he can be treated fairly,” Engelmayer said in defense of the rapist. “Due process, presumption of innocence and a fair trial are all still his right.”