Accused sexual assaulter Harvey Weinstein claims he has 40 emails that that prove he didn't rape one of his more than 80 accusers, and he wants the criminal case against him dismissed. Last month, he was indicted on a criminal sexual assault charge that could land him, if convicted, in prison for life.
TMZ reports that Weinstein’s lawyers have filed docs claiming the accuser’s emails show hat they were consensual partners. Weinstein reportedly used a Weinstein Company email address during these exchanges. While his attorneys were able to access the records, a bankruptcy judge issued an order preventing him from disseminating them.
Weinstein’s legal team, headed by Benjamin Brafman, is now attempting to use the emails as an exhibit in a motion to dismiss the criminal indictment, claiming the Manhattan District Attorney was aware of the so-called evidence, but never provided them to the grand jury that indicted him on felony sexual assault charges. The emails reportedly only pertain to this particular indictment. A separate indictment against Weinstein involved two other women who claim he assaulted them. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to all charges and has said since allegations broke in October of last year that he never engaged in nonconsensual sex. The team is expected to make the first bid to dismiss the criminal case in court today (Friday).
He is free on $1 million bail. Weinstein is being investigated by federal prosecutors, the Manhattan D.A., the NYPD, the LAPD, police in Beverly Hills and U.K. police.