The outcome we all expected would eventually happen, happened earlier this week when convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein was extradited from his prison cell in New York to Los Angeles, where many more sexual assault charges against him were patiently standing by. Harvey was arraigned yesterday in a Los Angeles courtroom. He’s facing the following charges (deep inhale): four counts of forcible rape, four counts of forcible oral copulation, two counts of sexual battery by restraint, and one count of sexual penetration by use of force. Even Captain Obvious’ never-sure cousin Lt. Undecided could look at the situation and think, “Yep, he’s guilty.” But still, Harvey has pleaded not guilty.
CNN says 69-year-old Harvey was wheeled into the courtroom in a wheelchair, and that he mostly let his lawyers do all the talking. His lawyers claimed that Harvey needed the use of a wheelchair, because of his alleged deteriorating health. And because he’s in poor health, he needs all eleven counts against him dismissed, post haste. If Harvey and his lawyers have their way, he will be on the next plane back to New York state. Harvey is trying to get out of this situation by crying that he’s sick. We all know he’s sick in the head, but he claims he’s sick in the body too. His lawyers claim that Harvey is going blind in one eye and that he requires the use of a wheelchair for a condition called spinal stenosis. His lawyers also want all eleven counts dismissed because according to them, the statute of limitations has expired. The alleged assaults in question reportedly took place between 2004 and 2013. His legal team released the following statement:
“He absolutely, unequivocally and categorically denies the allegations in this indictment. They’re unprovable, unproven, uncredible, and unsubstantiated, and that will become clear as we litigate this case. They made representations to the court that they would attend to his medical needs and we expect them to. And we’ve asked the judge to order that they do and I expect that they will.”
Here’s what Harvey looked like when he showed up to court yesterday. He may have pleaded not guilty to those charges, but he’s absolutely guilty of wearing a mask like a complete idiot. Come on Harvey, it’s not March 29th, 2020 – literally everyone has learned that it goes over your nose.
Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty in Court Appearance for L.A. Case https://t.co/ViOdxubDru
— TMZ (@TMZ) July 22, 2021
Gloria Allred represents two of the five victims in this case, and in a statement, she stressed that just because someone reported their assault later doesn’t mean it’s invalid. And also, that everyone wants a healthy (or healthy-ish) Harvey for the trial. via CNN:
Allegations of sexual assault and rape do take a long time to report, so the idea that they may not have disclosed to a law enforcement officer for many years does not mean that those are not credible,” she said. She wants Weinstein to get all the medical care he is afforded. “We want him to be in good shape for the trial.”
In good shape? Gloria Allred, I object. The man can be in the shape he currently is in (poorly-rolled out gingerbread man is a shape, yes?). But specifying that he needs to be in good shape? Naw, let’s aim a little lower here. I think “We all want him to be the bare minimum of technically alive for the trial” would have sufficed.