We­in­stein’s le­gal ‘win’

The Weekend Post - - World -

LAWYERS for Har­vey We­in­stein have called for the case against him to be thrown out, claim­ing they have proof of po­lice cor­rup­tion and ev­i­dence that ac­cusers lied.

The dis­graced Hol­ly­wood mogul (right) had been “vil­i­fied” by a “vi­cious me­dia as­sault”, they said, and ev­i­dence was “never crit­i­cally ex­am­ined or in­ves­ti­gated” be­cause of the pub­lic pres­sure to pros­e­cute him.

We­in­stein’s team said they had damn­ing ev­i­dence they say proves for­mer pro­duc­tion as­sis­tant Mimi Ha­leyi had sent “lov­ing mes­sages” to We­in­stein after he al­legedly raped her in 2006. In one, two years after the al­leged as­sault, she says it was “great” to see Wein- stein at Cannes film fes­ti­val.

An­other un­named woman had tried to “fab­ri­cate ev­i­dence” to sup­port her claims, so­lic­i­tors say. And po­lice had with­held ev­i­dence that would have po­ten­tially ex­on­er­ated the film pro­ducer, his le­gal team has said.

Doc­u­ments filed at the New York Supreme Court this week claim that the law­suit has been “ir­repara­bly tainted and ren­dered de­fec­tive by po­lice mis­con­duct”.

The doc­u­ments have plunged the case, which has been rum­bling on for al­most a year, into chaos.

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