Rape ac­cuser’s story doesn’t fit, say lawyers

Sunday Star-Times - - World -

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.

AP

Po­lice foren­sic of­fi­cers load the bod­ies of vic­tims killed in two at­tempted bank rob­beries into a truck at a hos­pi­tal in the city of Mi­la­gres, in Brazil’s Ceara state.

Har­vey We­in­stein

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