Tuesday 17 September 2019

'The worst nightmare of my life,' Weinstein tells friends

Harvey Weinstein. AP photo
Harvey Weinstein. AP photo

Kieran Southern in Los Angeles

Harvey Weinstein has said he has endured "the worst nightmare of my life".

The film producer is awaiting trial in New York, accused of rape, more than a year since women first came forward with allegations of sexual assault against him.

Mr Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex and his lawyers have urged a judge to dismiss the case.

In a leaked email published by US celebrity news website TMZ, Mr Weinstein wrote: "I've had one hell of a year... the worst nightmare of my life."

A representative for Mr Weinstein confirmed the email's authenticity.

According to the movie mogul's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, the email was sent to a group of Mr Weinstein's close friends.

The email, which links to several articles about the case, goes on to attack the police investigation into his alleged sex crimes.

"As you can see from these articles, the police have played a very difficult role in my investigation.

"All three police officers have either been retired, or repositioned from the SVU," the email says.

"The articles are self-explanatory, but I'd like to speak to you on the phone if you have some time. There is more to this story... I appreciate your confidentiality. Have a read of these articles. I wish I didn't have to ask, but I'd be very appreciative of your time. Best, Harvey."

Scores of women have come forward to allege Mr Weinstein sexually assaulted them, with claims ranging from inappropriate touching to rape.

The 66 year old is facing five charges in New York.

Mr Weinstein is due to appear in court on December 20.

Irish Independent

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