Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s case is headed toward a hearing this week. The outcome will determine the course of the criminal proceeding. Separately in another suit filed in L.A., an anonymous accuser says Weinstein bragged to her for years about sleeping with Jennifer Lawrence.
THIS WEEK’S HEARING
His team is pushing a Delaware bankruptcy court to allow him to use files that belong to The Weinstein Co. in his defense against sexual assault charges in New York.
His accusers, meanwhile, are urging courts to protect their identity, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "He should not be able to play federal courts in different jurisdictions with diametrically-opposed positions," states twin motions arguing for both a protective order and for the civil action to proceed.
The women argue that Weinstein is threatening to disclose their identities: "In fact, Weinstein’s criminal defense lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, told Plaintiffs’ counsel he intended to unleash these emails in the media to sway the court of public opinion. Despite these threats, Weinstein has not produced any of the documents with Plaintiffs—and discovery is not open in this case."
In response, Weinstein’s team said: "The seeking of this protective order comes as no surprise. The plaintiffs in the Geiss case know that it is only a matter of time until the bankruptcy court releases Harvey Weinstein’s emails to the public. There is no privileged or confidential information contained in the emails, and in fact, they demonstrate a drastically different tale from what the plaintiffs have alleged in the media and in their legal complaint. Ironically, they are trying to silence Mr. Weinstein and doing all they can to prevent the truth from coming out. This strategy will not bode well, as they are going behind the bankruptcy court’s back which has sole jurisdiction over these emails and the plaintiffs know it. To claim sexual assault and then take such measures to prevent the truth from being heard speaks volumes of their motives."
Furthermore, as Brafman allegedly threatens to "unleash these emails in the media to sway the court of public opinion," attorneys for the suing women say in a court brief, "These are hardly the actions of a Defendant concerned about his Fifth Amendment rights."
Per court papers obtained by TMZ, a woman whom Weinstein allegedly abused for years told her on a number of occasions: "I slept with Jennifer Lawrence and look where she is; she has just won an Oscar."
He allegedly abused her for two years. "My heart breaks for all the women who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein," a rep for Lawrence told Page Six in a statement on Friday night. "I have never had anything but a professional relationship with him. This is yet another example of the predatory tactics and lies that he engaged in to lure countless women."
A spokesperson for Weinstein denies the allegations.