Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty — Statement From Sonia Ossorio, President of the National Organization for Women – NYC
Manhattan, NY – JUNE 5, 2018 — Harvey Weinstein, appearing in court on Tuesday morning in Manhattan, pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault charges lodged against him last month. He was charged with one count of first-degree rape, one count of third-degree rape, one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree.
More than 80 women came forward with stories about Mr. Weinstein and Manhattan’s district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., was the first prosecutor to determine there was enough evidence to arrest Mr. Weinstein in connection with two of these incidents. Since then, authorities in Southern California and London have continued to investigate allegations against Weinstein.
The National Organization for Women-NYC applauded the Manhattan DA’s office and the NYPD for working tirelessly to investigate and build a strong case against serial abuser Harvey Weinstein.
“Harvey Weinstein’s arrest was an official notice to sexual predators that no one is too rich or too powerful to fall,” said Sonia Ossorio, President of NOW-NYC. “It is deplorable that Mr. Weinstein’s lawyer is trying to reduce the act of committing rape to a false allegation. We’re confident justice will be served.”
NOW-NYC advocates for the women and girls of New York, by defending reproductive rights, fighting economic inequality, and combating violence & discrimination against women.
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