We­in­stein lawyers pin hopes on Bond girl’s ‘new story’

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - From Caro­line Gra­ham

HAR­VEY We­in­stein’s lawyers be­lieve his chances of es­cap­ing jail have been boosted af­ter a Bond girl who claims he at­tacked her has changed her ac­count of the episode.

French ac­tress Léa Sey­doux, 33, who played Dr Madeleine Swann in 2015’s 007 film Spec­tre, de­scribed last year how the Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer al­legedly at­tacked her.

She had said he ‘lost con­trol’ af­ter invit­ing her to his room and said she re­sisted his ad­vances. But she has now said that she didn’t need to de­fend her­self.

In the Guardian last year, Ms Sey­doux said We­in­stein and her ‘were talk­ing on the sofa when he sud­denly jumped on me and tried to kiss me. I had to de­fend my­self. He’s big and fat, so I had to be force­ful to re­sist him.’

But We­in­stein’s lawyers are now seiz­ing upon an in­ter­view Ms Sey­doux gave to Novem­ber’s French Marie Claire.

She told the mag­a­zine: ‘If he wanted to rape me, he could have done, but he didn’t. It never came to blows and I didn’t have to de­fend my­self.’

Ms Sey­doux’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment last night.

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