Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to new sex assault charges

Photo by Jefferson Siegel-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Disgraced former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein entered a New York City courtroom again Monday morning, to face arraignment for three new sex charges.

Last week, a Manhattan grand jury returned a superseding indictment that charged him with additional sex crimes, including one that could land him in prison for life. The new charge of predatory sexual assault suggests prosecutors believe Weinstein engaged in a pattern of criminal sexual behavior now involving three women.

In court Monday morning, the producer and former Miramax co-founder pleaded not guilty.

Weinstein was previously charged with raping a woman and forcing a second woman to perform a sex act. The superseding indictment alleges Weinstein assaulted a third victim in 2006.

“A Manhattan grand jury has now indicted Harvey Weinstein on some of the most serious sexual offenses that exist under New York’s Penal Law,” Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said last week. “This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward.”

The third woman’s identity was not disclosed but the accusations contained in the indictment match an account given to Variety by a former production assistant on a television series produced by The Weinstein Company.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to the prior charges he faced, and insists he did not engage in any non-consensual sex.

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