Weinstein lawyers ask court to toss sex case, citing emails

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Harvey Weinstein's defense lawyer on Friday demanded that a NY court dismiss the sex crimes charges against him, explosively disclosing dozens of intimate emails between the disgraced Hollywood tycoon and his alleged rape victim, in which she said "I love you".

The emails and text messages - allegedly sent and received through Weinstein's official company account and phone - were obtained by his legal team earlier this year after a bankruptcy judge in DE granted access to them for his criminal defense.

Mr Brafman quoted dozens of emails between Weinstein and the alleged rape victim - saying they should not have been kept away from the grand jury.

In an email sent from one of Weinstein's accusers on January 5, 2014, ten months after the alleged rape in March 2013, she writes, "Your (sic) the one who makes it look good with your smile and attractive eyes!"

On Friday, Weinstein's lawyers are planning to file a motion to dismiss some of the charges, and they hope to present emails that reportedly show one of the alleged victims was actually a romantic partner. He said prosecutors knew of the emails but "likely" didn't present a full picture of the communications to the grand jury, making the process "fundamentally unfair".

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Weinstein, 66, was arrested in May and charged with six sexual assault counts relating to three different women - including predatory sexual assault, rape and a criminal sexual act.

The defense lawyer accused Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance of acting in haste, caving under "unprecedented" pressure to indict Weinstein, having been investigated for failing to prosecute him for an alleged groping incident in 2015.

Weinstein faces six sex crimes charges in NY, involving three accusers.

"The pending indictment against Mr Weinstein must be dismissed at the pretrial stage because it is legally infirm", he added.

Weinstein, who was dismissed from his company following the sex abuse allegations, could face life imprisonment if convicted of predatory sexual assault.

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A lawyer or representative for the woman was not immediately known to request comment on the motion.

Weinstein lawyer Benjamin Brafman said in a statement that the motions "reveal the existence of exculpatory evidence".

No other criminal cases have been filed against Weinstein, who produced movies including "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love".

London's Metropolitan Police have also been investigating claims against him, some of which date back to the 1980s.

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