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Lawyer Claims Rape Accuser Had Long-term Consensual Affair With Weinstein

May 29, 2018 - 2:16 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- The attorney for Harvey Weinstein is raising questions as to whether his client can get a fair trial.

"The ability for people to keep an open mind is of concern to me," said Ben Brafman after a nearly two-hour closed door session with the prosecutor and the judge.

Brafman also questions the charges stemming from the rape accuser.

He said the woman had a long-term consensual affair with his client "both before the alleged incident and after the alleged incident."

Weinstein, 66, was arraigned Friday on charges of rape and a criminal sex act.

The rape charge relates to a woman who was not identified and does not appear to be among the people who have told their stories publicly. A court complaint says Weinstein confined her in a Manhattan hotel room and raped her in 2013.

The criminal sex act charge stems from a 2004 encounter between Weinstein and Lucia Evans, a then-aspiring actress who has said the Hollywood mogul forced her to perform oral sex on him in his office. She was among the first women to speak out about the producer.

The charges might not be the only ones Weinstein faces. More than 75 women have accused him of wrongdoing.

Weinstein has until Wednesday to decide whether he is going to testify before a grand jury.