Harvey Weinstein was back in court Monday morning to plead not guilty to new sexual assault charges.
Wearing a dark suit and tie, the disgraced film producer was led into New York Supreme Court in Manhattan in handcuffs to be arraigned on new charges that reportedly include two charges of predatory sexual assault involving a third female accuser. (Weinstein last appeared in court and pleaded not guilty on June 5 to charges involving alleged sexual assault of two women.)
Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex and remains free after posting $1-million bail despite a request from Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi on Monday that he be confined to house arrest in Manhattan given the severity of his new charges.
Weinstein's lawyer, Ben Brafman, said he was "pleased the court recognized the current bail conditions are adequate."
"Mr. Weinstein has told me and I have told the court that his primary objective is to clear his name," Brafman told reporters at a news conference following the court appearance, according to USA Today. "The more I investigate this case the more I realize the charges in this indictment are very defensible indeed."
More surprising, however, was Brafman's claim that his client is now working as a paralegal on his own case.
Truly bizarre claim from Weinstein lawyer Ben Brafman outside the court: Harvey, he says, is currently working as a paralegal--to him- Steven Zeitchik (@ZeitchikWaPo) July 9, 2018
The attorney also said that Weinstein, "a brilliant maker of movies and scripts," is trying to work on new film projects, according to tweets from Washington Post reporter Steven Zeitchik.
A lot has changed for the onetime entertainment mogul. Before he turned himself into authorities at a police station in Lower Manhattan in May, Weinstein reportedly underwent treatment in Arizona.
The 66-year-old enrolled in a 45-day program at Gentle Path at the Meadows, an inpatient, male-only treatment center on 38 acres in Wickenburg, Arizona, the New York Times reported in March, noting that Weinstein didn't make it all 45 days. (Other clients at the facility, which charges $58,000 for 45 days of therapy, have reportedly included Tiger Woods and Kevin Spacey).
There are 28 beds at the facility, and residents start their days with meditation after waking at 6:30 a.m. Weinstein, the Times said, spent his days "waking up early, checking in with his East Coast lawyers and then going down to a juice shop where he order[ed] coffee and a green detox mix with kale and cucumber."
Weinstein's representative told Vanity Fair that he completed the 45-day program early and subsequently received additional treatment for "anger management, nutrition, and several addiction-related behaviors."
According to the Los Angeles Times, Weinstein moved to a luxury apartment at the Optima Sonoran Village complex in Scottsdale, which boasts "an indoor lap pool, a 24-hour gym with an indoor basketball court, spas and concierge service."
When he went out for dinner in January at Elements, a restaurant in Scottsdale, a fellow diner slapped him in the face after Weinstein reportedly declined to take a photograph. Last month, he was spotted at an Olive Garden in Scottsdale.
Back on the East Coast, Weinstein's real-estate holdings have dwindled. The 9,000-square-foot Hamptons mansion he owned in Amagansett reportedly sold for $10 million in January after originally being listed for $17.5 million. In March, Variety reported that he sold both his waterfront compound on nearly six acres in Westport, Connecticut for $16 million and his West Village townhouse for about $25 million. Both were reportedly off-market deals.
A planned sale of his production company also seems to be progressing. In May, a bankruptcy judge approved the sale of Weinstein Company to the Texas private-equity fund Lantern Capital. That news came after an earlier deal collapsed in March after the group of investors that had agreed to purchase it said it had received "disappointing information."
Weinstein himself was also reportedly facing criminal investigations in Los Angeles, New York, and London as of earlier this year, and the list of his accusers has grown to 87 women.
He is expected back in court in New York in late September.
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