Jacob Blake, the black man whose shooting by the police sparked protests, pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges filed prior to the incident.
Mr Blake, who is paralyzed in the hospital, is being charged with criminal offenses, sexual assault and disorderly behavior based on testimony from his ex-girlfriend.
The complaint was filed in July and has nothing to do with the shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 23.
A trial of the complaint is due to begin this year.
According to the criminal complaint, Mr Blake is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in May.
The woman told officers that 29-year-old Blake took her car keys and a debit card before escaping the scene.
According to the Kenosha District Attorney̵
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Mr Blake was in his hospital bed on Friday when he appeared on Zoom to plead not guilty.
However, a local commissioner ruled that there was enough evidence to bring the matter to justice.
Mr. Blake’s former girlfriend was not identified by name in the criminal complaint.
What about filming on August 23?
A police officer shot Mr Blake seven times in the back while he was being arrested when he tried to get into a car with his three children in it.
The Kenosha Police Union says Mr. Blake carried a knife; Investigators said a knife was later found on the floor of his car.
According to ABC News, police were called to the area to respond to a domestic violence report.
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said officers were called to an address after a woman reported that “her boyfriend was present and should not be on the premises”.
There they tried to arrest Mr. Blake, initially with a taser.
Two people protesting the shooting of Mr Blake were killed in looting and vandalism in Kenosha. A 17-year-old was charged with the deaths.