Weinstein photographed at State Supreme Court in New York on October 11, 2018.
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In an electronic mail to pals that briefly leaked past due Wednesday, disgraced movie magnate Harvey Weinstein mirrored on his swift fall from grace, which started ultimate autumn when dozens of girls got here ahead to accuse him of sexual attack and rape. (The overall quantity of accusers sooner or later climbed to 87. Weinstein has denied all accusations of nonconsensual intercourse.)
His conclusion? “I’ve had one hell of a year.”
The New York Times reviewed the letter, during which Weinstein calls this yr “the worst nightmare of my life.” Per the Times, the letter additionally criticizes police investigators—however Weinstein’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, informed the paper that Weinstein’s electronic mail was once no longer a section of any criminal technique. The electronic mail does, then again, hit speaking issues very similar to the criminal and P.R. methods that Weinstein’s legal professionals and representatives have followed in court docket, the Times notes. And its timing additionally turns out vital: at Weinstein’s ultimate listening to on December 20, the manufacturer and his criminal workforce will attempt to persuade the court docket to brush aside the felony fees towards him. (A pass judgement on threw out one depend towards Weinstein in October; Weinstein nonetheless faces 5 sex-crime fees, which raise a minimal sentence of 10 years and a most sentence of lifestyles imprisonment.)
“The e-mails from Harvey have to be viewed from the perspective of someone who is very distressed,” Brafman informed the Times. “It’s him asking for help. This was not an aggressive move by Harvey Weinstein.”
In the email, Weinstein hyperlinks to more than one articles about his case, writing to his pals, “As you can see from these articles, the police have played a very difficult role in my investigation. . . . 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.”
“Have a read of these articles,” Weinstein concluded. “I wish I didn’t have to ask, but I’d be very appreciative of your time. Best, Harvey.”
Since the email leaked, the Times experiences that many ladies in Hollywood, together with the ones fascinated by Time’s Up, have expressed misery. Katherine Kendall, one of the primary actresses to return ahead with allegations towards Weinstein, informed the Times that Weinstein “knows how to run a marketing campaign, that’s for sure.”
“To me, I can’t imagine that people would believe him, that people would go back,” Kendall stated. “But I know there are people who are afraid that he’s been planning his comeback for a while. I think there are so many people who see him as a master manipulator, that nothing will surprise them. And that they’re afraid of him.”
Meanwhile, Jonathan Rosen—who co-founded the strategic communications company BerlinRosen—informed the Times he believes that Weinstein is attempting to sow doubt amongst long run jurors about how his case was once treated, quite than looking for to rehabilitate symbol—as a result of this is a send that Rosen believes sailed way back.
“This is not a reputation-management strategy; this is a loss of liberty and avoidance of prison strategy,” Rosen informed the Times. “These are very specific attempts to discredit what seems to be, at the very least from what I’ve read, real mistakes that were made.” As for whether or not he’d ever advise a shopper to ship an electronic mail like Weinstein’s? “No,” Rosen stated, “absolutely not.”
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