TV Choreographer Accused of Sexual Assault Enters Plea

A dancer-choreographer accused of assaulting four women he met through a dance class pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a Van Nuys courtroom.

Alex Da Silva, who worked on the FOX TV show "So You Think You Can Dance," was arrested Aug. 18 at his North Hollywood home.

He was charged with eight felonies, according to an arrest warrant filed Aug. 17. He faces four counts of forcible rape and two counts each of assault with intent to commit rape and sexual penetration by a foreign object.

If convicted, he faces up to life in prison, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The alleged assaults involve four women between the ages of 20 and 26  and occurred between August 2002 and March 2009, said Deputy District Attorney  Rosa Alarcon. The victims are either dancers or aspiring dancers who  met him through his dance instruction classes, she said.

Da Silva's attorney, Harland Braun, has maintained that his client's  interaction with the women "was consensual." Braun noted that his request to have his client's bail lowered was denied without prejudice, meaning that he can bring a bail motion again.

Da Silva remained jailed on $6.2 million bail.

As for his client, Braun said Da Silva "seems OK," and "understands he's fighting for his life."

Da Silva was first arrested April 4 but released after prosecutors asked  police to investigate the allegations further. District Attorney's Office  spokeswoman Jane Robison said then that more alleged victims had come forward  and still needed to be interviewed. 

Da Silva's next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 30.

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