Harvey Weinstein's lawyer says the disgraced producer 'can't see and he can't walk' as he's arraigned in Los Angeles court
Harvey Weinstein leaves a Manhattan courthouse as a jury continues deliberations in his trial in New York City on February 20, 2020 Getty Images / Spencer Platt
Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to the LA grand jury charges of sexual assault and assault on Monday.
It was Weinstein's second charge after his team failed to dismiss two of eleven charges.
"He cannot go and see," said his lawyer, Mark Werksman, in front of the courthouse.
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Harvey Weinstein's attorney, Mark Werksman, said his client "cannot see and cannot walk" after Weinstein was charged with sexual assault and assault for the second time in Los Angeles on Monday.
Weinstein pleaded not guilty on any count; It was the grand jury's second indictment after LA District Attorney George Gascón's office tried to challenge statute of limitations.
Weinstein was charged with sexual assault against five different women in eleven cases. In the past few months, Judge Lisa B. Lench had declined to dismiss two charges against Weinstein.
In tan jumpsuit from the Los Angeles County Jail and a mask under his nose, Weinstein spoke only to waive his right to a trial within 120 days of extradition, meaning the trial won't take place that year.
Outside the courthouse, Werksman said a prosecutor's request for new evidence of "previous acts" was "part of an early-stage effort to plunge Mr. Weinstein into a tsunami of allegations." Werksman said her team submitted two applications in response, which were kept under lock and key for ten days.
When asked about Weinstein's health and behavior, Werksman said, "He's what they call a stay away, which means he has very little contact. So he's in pre-trial detention, which is almost like being in solitary confinement. "
"He can't walk and he can't see," added Werksman, referring to Weinstein's need for a wheelchair and eye surgery.
Weinstein first pleaded not guilty to eleven sexual assault charges on July 21 in a Los Angeles court. He is serving a 23-year sentence in New York after a 2020 New York jury found him guilty of third degree rape and violent sexual assault of two women.
The prosecutor's office filed a "prior deed" motion on Monday to attempt to gather evidence from individuals suspecting Weinstein of sexual assault that is not on the indictment documents ahead of the next hearing on October 25th.
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