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NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers want a court to throw out sexual assault charges against him, citing reasons on Friday including friendly emails from a woman who accused him of rape.
Lawyers for the former movie titan-turned-#MeToo villain filed notice they’ll seek dismissal of the case. Among other arguments, they say the grand jury that indicted Weinstein should have been told about emails from one of his three accusers in the case.
Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer argues that the D.A.’s failure to show exculpatory emails tainted the entire Grand Jury proceedings and that as a result, the indictment is improper https://t.co/7ZShegSLYv
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 3, 2018
The article goes on to state the following:
One message, less than a month after the alleged rape in March 2013, expresses appreciation for “all you do for me,” according copies of emails included in the court filing. Another message, days later, says “it would be great to see you again.”
“Miss you big guy,” another message added a few months later.
Over the ensuing months and years, the two continued warm exchanges arranging to meet — the woman wrote she was “so happy you saw me today” and very honored!” after one get-together in October 2013 — and exchanging brief updates on their lives.
“There is no one else I would enjoy catching up with that understands me quite like you,” the woman, who has not been publicly identified, wrote in January 2014.
After saying she had a schedule conflict and couldn’t make it to a hotel to see him in February 2017, the woman explained: “I love you, always do. But I hate feeling like a booty call,” with a smiling-face symbol afterward.
Taken from about 400 communications between the two, the messages show “a long-term, consensual, intimate relationship” that prosecutors didn’t portray to the grand jury, Weinstein attorney Ben Brafman wrote in court papers.
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