Harvey Weinstein to plead not guilty as he appears in court on rape charge

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Harvey Weinstein has appeared in court in New York charged with rape.

The disgraced film producer, in his first public appearance since October, spoke only to confirm he understood as he was charged with two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sexual act for alleged incidents involving two separate women.

He posted a one million dollar (£751,060) cash bail and agreed to wear an electronic monitor which tracks his movements 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Weinstein also surrendered his passport and agreed to stay within the states of New York and Connecticut.

He intends to plead not guilty to the charges, his lawyer Benjamin Brafman said outside court.

It is the first time he has faced criminal charges since the allegations first emerged and sparked the MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

In the eight months since, scores of women have made sexual harassment and assault allegations against the movie mogul.

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Harvey Weinstein arrives at the 1st Precinct while turning himself in to authorities after allegations of sexual misconduct in New York (Julio Cortez/AP)

He was clutching two books, Something Wonderful: Rodgers And Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution, by Todd S Purdum, and Richard Schickel’s biography of producer, director and writer Elia Kazan.

Less than 90 minutes later, the 66-year-old left in handcuffs and smiling before being taken to a Manhattan court where he was arraigned on the charges.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R Vance Jr praised the “brave survivors who have come forward” as he urged people with relevant information to come forward.

A statement from the NYPD – which has worked with the DA office on the case – also thanked “these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice”.

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