Weinstein’s lawyer gripes about ‘inappropriate pressure’ on DA to indict
Harvey Weinstein‘s lawyer Tuesday met behind closed doors with prosecutors and a Manhattan judge to gripe that there was “inappropriate pressure” being put on the district attorney’s office to return an indictment against the disgraced movie mogul.
“It troubles me,” Weinstein’ s lawyer, Ben Brafman, later told reporters outside the courthouse. “There is a confluence of concerns that is going to make it difficult to try this case. As I said publicly to the New York Post over the weekend, this is an extraordinary case.”
Weinstein was not at the closed-door meeting between Brafman, top Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi and Manhattan Supreme Court Judge James Burke, who is overseeing the grand-jury proceeding against the producer.
Weinstein, 66, had turned himself in to authorities Friday, when he was charged with rape, sexual abuse and criminal sex assault for two alleged attacks on women in Manhattan. More than 80 other women have accused him of sex crimes, also.
In one of the Manhattan cases, Weinstein is accused of forcing then-aspiring actress Lucia Evans to perform oral sex on him in his Tribeca office in 2004.
The other case involves an unnamed woman who says Weinstein raped her twice in a Midtown Doubletree Hotel in March 2014.
Brafman has told The Post that Weinstein had been in the middle of a consensual 10-year affair with the woman at the time.
The allegations are “absurd,” Brafman said Tuesday.
“This case will ultimately be resolved in a courtroom, and if there is an indictment, Mr. Weinstein will be exonerated.”
He added that Weinstein’s “state of mind is serious.”
Weinstein was released on $1 million bail Friday and is subject to electronic monitoring.
He’s due back in court July 30.
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