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Weinstein arriving to court in February 2020. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday to four counts of rape and seven sexual assault counts, AP reports.

Driving the news: Weinstein is accused of allegedly attacking five women between 2004 and 2013, per Reuters. His appeared in court comes just a day after being extradited from New York for the trial.

  • "Anyone who abuses their power and influence to prey upon others will be brought to justice," District Attorney George Gascón said in a Wednesday statement from the Los Angeles district attorney's office.
  • Weinstein's attorney Mark Werksman told reporters outside the courtroom that the allegations were "baseless" and "uncorroborated," per Reuters.

The big picture: Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence in New York after he was found guilty on two of five counts in his rape trial, including criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree.

What to watch: Weinstein will next appear in court on July 29, per the LA district attorney's office.

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L.A. will require proof of COVID vaccination at indoor venues

Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

The Los Angeles City Council approved a new ordinance that will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter indoor venues, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Why it matters: The ordinance would require people to be fully vaccinated to enter indoor public spaces including restaurants, bars, gyms and sports arenas. It is one of the nation’s strictest mandates as vaccination rates have stagnated and cases persist in Los Angeles.

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COVID cases and deaths keep falling

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

America’s coronavirus outbreak is rapidly improving as the Delta wave recedes, and vaccines for kids — which could become available within weeks — will help the situation improve even further.

By the numbers: Nationwide, the U.S. is now averaging about 79,000 new cases per day — a 22% drop over the past two weeks.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
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How the pandemic caused a corporate rebound

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

WeWork becomes a public company today worth more than $9 billion — a vindication of the expensive turnaround strategy employed after it spectacularly imploded in 2019. Like many companies that find themselves at death's door, that which didn't kill them made them stronger.

Why it matters: Hertz, Alamo Drafthouse, Airbnb, and Toast are among the currently-thriving companies that were shaken to the core in the early days of the pandemic — providing further evidence for the theory that, in the words of former Fast Company editor Bill Taylor, "companies can't be great unless they've almost failed."

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