# MeToo: Vic­tim’s rape charge rub­bished over film screen­ing

Woman claimed We­in­stein raped her in 2013

The Asian Age - - Newsmakers -

New York: A woman who claims Har­vey We­in­stein raped her in 2013 at­tended one of his screen­ings the same day of the al­leged as­sault, We­in­stein’s lawyers said Fri­day in a let­ter to a New York City judge over­see­ing his crim­i­nal case.

The let­ter says a friend of the al­leged vic­tim re­ceived an in­vi­ta­tion to the screen­ing and re­sponded to an as­sis­tant for We­in­stein in an email that the two would at­tend. When the email came to its at­ten­tion, the de­fense team in­ter­viewed the friend, who con­firmed that they went to the event and met up with We­in­stein there, the let­ter says.

The ac­count calls into ques­tion “why would an al­leged rape vic­tim go out of her way to spend time with her ‘ rapist’ merely hours af­ter she was al­legedly at­tac- ked,” the let­ter s a i d . The let­ter also claims that the w i t n - ess had al­ready d i s - c l o s e d t h e in­for­ma­tion to New York City Po­lice Depart­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tors but it was never dis­closed to the de­fense — le­gal grounds for dis­miss­ing the charges.

The Man­hat­tan district at­tor­ney’s of­fice had no im­me­di­ate com­ment Fri­day. The fil­ing fol­lows one last month in which We­in­stein’s lawyers said the same friend told de­fense in­ves­ti­ga­tors that We­in­stein and the rape ac­cuser had been “hook­ing up” con­sen­su­ally for a long time and that she never heard the ac­cuser say any­thing bad about him un­til last year. The friend has not been iden­ti­fied in the court pa­pers. Prose­cu­tors dropped part of the case in Oc­to­ber af­ter ev­i­dence sur­faced that a de­tec­tive coached a wit­ness.

Three of the five re­main­ing charges stem from the al­le­ga­tions at the heart of the re­cent de­fense fil­ings, that We­in­stein raped a woman in a ho­tel room in March 2013.

The two other charges al­lege that We­in­stein forcibly per­formed oral sex on an­other woman in 2006 at his Man­hat­tan apart­ment. Prose­cu­tors have said there was “am­ple ev­i­dence” to move for­ward with the case.

They also ac­cused the de­fense of try­ing to cre­ate a “pub­lic cir­cus” with its claims au­thor­i­ties are hid­ing ev­i­dence that could clear We­in­stein.

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