Weinstein’s legal ‘win’
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.