Harvey Weinstein's lawyer claims emails, witnesses proves his innocence

Sergio Cunningham
July 10, 2018

Weinstein still faces almost a dozen lawsuits filed by some of the 80 women who have accused him of sexual assault and harassment.

Weinstein, 66, was indicted last week by a grand jury on one count of committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree and two counts of felony predatory sexual assault.

The lawyer initially said that Weinstein's estranged wife, fashion designer and entrepreneur Georgina Chapman, also lives at the estate, but after apparently being corrected by Weinstein, Brafman said Chapman does not live with her husband.

Mr Weinstein was brought into the Manhattan courtroom while handcuffed from behind, then uncuffed for the proceeding.

Brafman added: "We anticipate based on what prosecutors have said that there may be more charges".

His latest Manhattan arraignment came after he pleaded not guilty on Jun 5 to allegedly raping one woman at a Manhattan hotel in 2013 and forcing another to perform oral sex on him in 2004. "This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward".

But Brafman argued that having to remain in NY would impose undue hardship on both himself and Weinstein if the latter was forced to rent an apartment in Manhattan.

Judge James Burke agreed that Weinstein can stay in CT providing he continues to abide by the terms of the bail. Weinstein's bail arrangement was not changed and he was allowed to return to his home in CT.

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He surrendered his passport and wears an electronic monitoring device. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said they are "some of the most serious sexual offenses" that exist under state law.

"Are you really willing to roll the dice and hope and pray that your client will be able to answer questions under oath not only about this alleged third victim, but about other alleged victims as well?"

Weinstein has steadfastly denied all accusations of nonconsensual sex.

Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman addressed reporters outside the courtroom after the hearing. "Mr Weinstein is not a predator; he is not a rapist and I believe that when this case is over we will ultimately see him be exonerated". She said she doubts Weinstein's lawyer would allow him to do the same because it would subject him to cross examination by prosecutors.

None of the three women have been named, but Brafman says the 2013 rape complaint comes from a woman who had a long affair with Weinstein.

Haleyi said Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006 in what appeared to be a child's bedroom in his Manhattan apartment.

More than 75 women have accused Mr Weinstein, who was one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, of wrongdoing as allegations detailed in Pulitzer Prize-winning stories last October in The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine swelled into the #MeToo movement.

The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they consent to being identified publicly.

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