March 31, 1998 12:00 AM

“The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin, 39, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to drug possession charges stemming from his arrest two weeks ago. He also issued a statement saying that he hopes his actions will not reflect poorly on his colleagues. The Emmy winner was arrested on April 15 at Burbank Airport. Prosecutors subsequently charged him with two felony counts of drug possession (one for hallucinogenic mushrooms and another for cocaine) along with one misdemeanor count for marijuana. “It is his sincere hope that his actions do not affect or reflect upon those with whom he works, cares for and respects,” said defense attorney Steve Sitkoff, who entered his client’s courtroom plea. Sorkin, who remains free on $10,000 bail, spoke only once during the brief hearing, reports the Associated Press. He acknowledged that he must return for his next court date, on June 4.

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