A lawyer representing disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein in his sexual assault case in New York “said Thursday that a woman accusing him of a 2013 rape pressured a friend to corroborate her account, but that the friend wouldn’t ‘make up a story,'” the AP reports.
“The friend told defense investigators that Weinstein and the rape accuser had been ‘hooking up’ consensually for a long time and that she never heard the accuser say anything bad about him until last year, lawyer Benjamin Brafman said in a court filing,” the story reports.
The friend was not identified in court papers, and the accuser has also not been publicly identified.
“Weinstein’s side also believes police set up a phone call between the film producer and one of his accusers shortly before his arrest, but that it failed to produce incriminating evidence,” the AP adds.
Brafman, in urging Judge James Burke to dismiss the case at a Dec. 20 hearing, wrote: “The only reasonably prudent decision would be to stop this chaos now.”
Prosecutors dropped part of the case last month after evidence surfaced that a detective had coached a witness.
“Three of the five remaining charges stem from the allegations at the heart of Brafman’s latest filing, that Weinstein raped a woman in a hotel room in March 2013,” the AP reports. “The two other charges allege that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on another woman in 2006 at his Manhattan apartment.”