Lawyers for embattled former movie mogul and accused sex offender Harvey Weinstein filed court documents late Monday urging U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein to throw out civil claims that Weinstein is a sex trafficker, the AP reports.
In a class-action lawsuit filed in 2017, a number of women seek to used the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 against Weinstein. But the AP notes that Weinstein attorneys Elior Shiloh and Alan Dershowitz argued that the women are stretching their interpretation of a law designed to counteract modern-day slavery.
“Try as plaintiffs might, they have failed to show that this is a sex trafficking case,” the attorneys wrote.
The AP adds: “Using the law against Weinstein was an ‘utter perversion of the legislative intent behind the statute,’ the lawyers said.”
The report also notes: “Two New York federal judges already have ruled that the sex trafficking statute can be used in suits against Weinstein, including one who did so on Monday.”