New evidence undermines rape charge

NEW YORK (AP) — A girl who claims Harvey Weinstein raped her in 2013 attended one among his screenings the identical day of the alleged assault, Weinstein’s legal professionals mentioned Friday in a letter to a New York Metropolis decide overseeing his felony case.

The letter says a buddy of the alleged sufferer obtained an invite to the screening and responded to an assistant for Weinstein in an e-mail that the 2 would attend. When the e-mail got here to its consideration, the protection workforce interviewed the buddy, who confirmed that they went to the occasion and met up with Weinstein there, the letter says.

The account calls into query “why would an alleged rape sufferer exit of her strategy to spend time along with her ‘rapist’ merely hours after she was allegedly attacked,” the letter mentioned.

The letter additionally claims that the witness had already disclosed the data to New York Metropolis Police Division investigators however it was by no means disclosed to the protection – authorized grounds for dismissing the costs.

The Manhattan district lawyer’s workplace responded on Friday with its personal letter accusing the protection of attempting to distort the core info of the case.

“That the defendant has a misguided and antiquated view of how a rape sufferer ought to react after having been assaulted doesn’t change this actuality,” it learn.

The filings follows one final month by which Weinstein’s legal professionals mentioned the identical buddy advised protection investigators that Weinstein and the rape accuser had been “hooking up” consensually for a very long time and that she by no means heard the accuser say something unhealthy about him till final yr. The buddy has not been recognized within the court docket papers.

Prosecutors dropped a part of the case in October after proof surfaced {that a} detective coached a witness.

Three of the 5 remaining expenses stem from the allegations on the coronary heart of the latest protection filings, that Weinstein raped a lady in a resort room in March 2013. The 2 different expenses allege that Weinstein forcibly carried out oral intercourse on one other girl in 2006 at his Manhattan house.

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Related Press author Michael R. Sisak contributed to this report.

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