One of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers is meeting with Manhattan prosecutors Monday morning over her claims that the law firm representing the fallen movie mogul used shady practices to obtain key evidence, sources said.
In a lawsuit filed Friday, Melissa Thompson accused Brafman and his ex-associate Alex Spiro of using “deceptive tactics” to get her to hand over visual and audio evidence against Weinstein — before she realized Brafman was his defense attorney.
She and her attorney walked into the Manhattan DA’s Office on Centre Street for the closed-door meeting around 9:30 a.m.
Prosecutors asked Thompson for information about her alleged dealings with Spiro as they consider challenging whether Brafman can represent Weinstein in the criminal case.
Weinstein, who was indicted on rape charges last week, is due back in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday morning for arraignment.
Thompson claims Weinstein raped her in 2011 after luring her to his hotel room.
“As if it wasn’t enough that I was assaulted by Harvey Weinstein, Brafman & Associates led me to believe that they were going to help the group of women assaulted by him – when, in fact, they were Weinstein’s lead criminal defense attorneys,” Thompson said in a statement after filing the Manhattan federal court suit with two other Weinstein accusers.
A source said Spiro met with Thompson about representing her after he left Brafman’s firm late last October. Spiro now works at Quinn Emanuel.
Spiro declined to comment on the meeting.
Brafman said, “Having never met Ms. Thompson, having never spoken to Ms. Thompson and given the fact that Spiro, if he did speak with her, had already accepted a position with Quinn Emanuel at that time, it’s inconceivable to me that there would be any legal basis whatsoever to even attempt to conflict me out of representing Mr. Weinstein.”
Additional reporting by Lia Eustachewich
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