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Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape charges

Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual assault Tuesday, CNN reports.

Weinstein was previously indicted on two charges of rape and one charge of a criminal sex act. His prosecution has been highly scrutinized, after dozens of women came forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct and harassment. Weinstein has continually denied all allegations, saying any sexual contact was consensual.

The former movie mogul was released on $1 million bail and has been monitored by authorities. He is now facing felony charges stemming from two women's allegations — one who said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex in his Manhattan office in 2004, and another who said Weinstein raped her in 2013 at a Manhattan hotel. The grand jury that indicted Weinstein is still considering additional evidence and could add charges, reports The New York Times.