We­in­stein’s ‘one hell of a year’

The Australian - - WORLD - LOS AN­GE­LES: PA

Har­vey We­in­stein says he has en­dured “the worst night­mare of my life”.

The film pro­ducer is await­ing trial in New York, ac­cused of rape, more than a year since women first came for­ward with al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault against him. We­in­stein de­nies all al­le­ga­tions of non-con­sen­sual sex and his lawyers have urged a judge to dis­miss the case.

In a leaked email pub­lished by US celebrity news web­site TMZ, We­in­stein wrote: “I’ve had one hell of a year … the worst night­mare of my life.”

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for We­in­stein con­firmed the email’s au­then­tic­ity. Ac­cord­ing to the pro­ducer’s lawyer, Ben­jamin Braf­man, the email was sent to a group of close friends.

The email, which links to sev­eral ar­ti­cles about the case, goes on to at­tack the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his al­leged sex crimes.

It says: “As you can see from these ar­ti­cles, the po­lice have played a very dif­fi­cult role in my in­ves­ti­ga­tion. All three po­lice of­fi­cers have ei­ther been re­tired, or repo­si­tioned from the SVU (Spe­cial Vic­tims Unit).

“The ar­ti­cles are self­ex­plana­tory, but I’d like to speak to you on the phone if you have some time. There is more to this story … I ap­pre­ci­ate your con­fi­den­tial­ity. Have a read of these ar­ti­cles. I wish I didn’t have to ask, but I’d be very ap­pre­cia­tive of your time. Best, Har­vey.”

Scores of women have come for­ward to al­lege We­in­stein sex­u­ally as­saulted them, with claims rang­ing from in­ap­pro­pri­ate touch­ing to rape.

The 66-year-old is fac­ing five charges in New York. We­in­stein’s le­gal team have scored a string of le­gal vic­to­ries as they urge a judge to dis­miss the al­le­ga­tions against him. He is due to ap­pear in court on De­cem­ber 20.

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