A federal judge in New York has given Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers permission to use email sent between himself and one of his alleged rape victims in a motion to dismiss the criminal case against him.
According to Deadline, the emails, which were sent from Weinstein’s account at The Weinstein Company, are believed by the defence to contradict the evidence presented to the grand jury by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.
Weinstein’s lawyers plan to file new paperwork to have the case dismissed based on the evidence.
“It is Mr. Weinstein’s belief that these e-mails are material and exculpatory and the failure of the district attorney to provide this evidence to the grand jury warrants a dismissal of the indictment,” the legal team said in a statement requesting that the inclusion of the emails be allowed in the motion.
Weinstein is currently facing multiple charges including a sexual assault charge that carries with it a potential life sentence if convicted.