Lawyers for Harvey Weinstein disclosed Friday in newly filed court papers that his accuser accepted tickets to the producer’s movie premiere hours after the alleged attack — and hobnobbed with him there.
The victim says that Weinstein raped her in a Manhattan hotel room the morning of March 18, 2013. But that afternoon, Weinstein’s assistant allegedly provided the accuser and her pal with tickets to the event, according to email records.
“The witness confirmed to counsel that she went to the movie screening that night with [the victim] and that they met Mr. Weinstein there,” the papers state.
Attorney Ben Brafman called this latest revelation “strong evidence” that the accuser was not attacked.
“The witness was with [the victim] hours after the alleged rape, yet [the victim] did not say anything about being raped; instead, she chose to spend the evening with her friend and her alleged rapist!” the filing says.
NYPD detectives interviewed the witness over a year ago and were aware of the compromising information — yet failed to turn it over to the defense, Brafman wrote in the papers.
Further, the motion says the accuser, who has never been named publicly, “continued a consensual sexual relationship with Mr. Weinstein for years after the alleged rape.”
Brafman asks Justice James Burke to toss the “case that is riddled with serious misconduct and a rape allegation that simply cannot withstand further scrutiny.”
The accuser is one of two victims still propping up the Manhattan district attorney’s crumbling indictment against the disgraced movie mogul.
The sexual assault charge that related to a third accuser, Lucia Evans, was dropped after prosecutors disclosed she had made inconsistent statements and a detective had tried to cover up evidence that undermined her claims.
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