Rape Accuser Was in Decade-Long Relationship With Weinstein: Lawyer

Says one of the allegations against producer is 'absurd'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 29, 2018 4:20 PM CDT
Rape Accuser Was in Decade-Long Relationship With Weinstein: Lawyer
Harvey Weinstein, second left, is loaded into an unmarked vehicle while leaving the first precinct of the New York City Police Department after turning himself to authorities following allegations of sexual misconduct, Friday, May 25, 2018, in New York.   (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

The woman who has accused Harvey Weinstein of rape in his criminal case was in a decade-long relationship with him that continued after the alleged attack in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013, a lawyer for the film producer said Tuesday. Attorney Benjamin Brafman made the remark after meeting behind closed doors with prosecutors and a New York judge Tuesday over defense concerns about whether Weinstein can get a fair trial, the AP reports. The criminal case revolves around two women, only one of whom, the former actress Lucia Evans, has gone public with her story of being forced to perform oral sex on Weinstein at his office in 2004. Prosecutors haven't identified the second accuser, who told investigators Weinstein confined her in a hotel room and raped her.

Brafman said he also wouldn't identify the woman by name, but speaking to reporters outside a Manhattan courthouse, said she was "someone with whom he has had a 10-year consensual, sexual relationship, both before the alleged incident and after the alleged incident." Brafman called the allegation "serious on its face, but when you drill down on it, it is in my opinion also absurd." He added that the woman who made the rape claim was not Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman, who married him in 2007 and filed for divorce after the scandal broke last fall. Weinstein, 66, surrendered last week and was led into court in handcuffs to face rape and criminal sex acts charges.

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