U.S. Senator Robert Menendez pleads not guilty to corruption charges declaring ''These allegations are false,'' as he leaves court. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey entered a not guilty plea on corruption charges on Thursday during an appearance in federal court and was released without bail. Outside the courthouse he said, "These allegations are false." Menendez, a Democrat, was indicted on Wednesday by a grand jury in New Jersey for allegedly accepting gifts from Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, in exchange for using the power of his Senate office to benefit Melgen's financial and personal interests, according to a court filing.