Rape accuser’s story doesn’t fit, say lawyers
A woman who claims Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein raped her in 2013 attended one of his movie screenings on the day of the alleged assault, Weinstein’s lawyers have said in a letter to a New York City judge overseeing his criminal case.
The letter, sent yesterday, 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 defence team interviewed the friend, who confirmed that they went to the event and met Weinstein there.
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 attacked’’, the letter said.
The letter also claims that the witness had already disclosed the information to New York City Police Department investigators, but it was never disclosed to the defence – legal grounds for dismissing the charges.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office responded with its own letter accusing the defence of trying to distort the core facts of the case.
‘‘That the defendant has a misguided and antiquated view of how a rape victim should react after having been assaulted does not change this reality,’’ it read.
The filings follow one last month in which Weinstein’s lawyers said the same friend told defence investigators that Weinstein and the rape accuser had been ‘‘hooking up’’ consensually for a long time, and that she had 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 had coached a witness.
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