Weinstein’s ‘one hell of a year’
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.