Harvey Weinstein Email to Friends Reportedly Leaked: 'I've Had One Hell of a Year'
As Harvey Weinstein awaits a decision from a Manhattan judge to dismiss his case, he has penned an email to friends attacking New York prosecutors and describing his "hell of a year."
An email sent from Weinstein's personal email address saying “I’ve had one hell of a year” and calling it “the worst nightmare of my life” leaked to The New York Times on Wednesday. According to the Times, Weinstein's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said the email was sent to a few close friends. (The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Brafman for comment.)
The email proceeded to attack police investigators pursuing five charges against the fallen film mogul in New York. Weinstein has pled not guilty of all sex crimes and denies ever having had non-consensual encounters with accusers.
“As you can see from these articles,” Weinstein wrote, linking to news articles about his case, “the police have played a very difficult role in my investigation.” The producer continued, "The articles are self-explanatory, but I’d like to speak to you on the phone if you have some time. There is more to this story … I appreciate your confidentiality." The Times did not specify what kind of news articles Weinstein linked to.
Finally, Weinstein again implored his friends to take the time to review the material he provided. "Have a read of these articles,” the Times story says Weinstein wrote. “I wish I didn’t have to ask, but I’d be very appreciative of your time. Best, Harvey.”
The email follows several coups for the Weinstein legal team, headed up by Brafman. In November the Manhattan DA's office closed its investigation into alleged settlement payments between Weinstein and the women who have accused him of assault; the month previously, the DA dropped one of its charges against the former Weinstein Co. head after evidence emerged that a police detective had coaxed a witness to stay silent about evidence that could cast doubt on an accuser's testimony.
Early in November, Weinstein's lawyers asked for a dismissal of their client's case due to their claim that his indictment was "irreparably tainted by police misconduct."
Weinstein's next scheduled appearance in court is Dec. 20.
This article originally appeared in THR.com.