Harvey Weinstein is making a plea to get his side of the story out.
The disgraced Hollywood producer has been accused by dozens of women of rape, sexual abuse, and misconduct, and is currently facing criminal charges in New York.
According to the New York Times, in a personal email sent to close friends, which was subsequently leaked throughout Hollywood, Weinstein wrote, “I’ve had one hell of a year. The worst nightmare of my life.”
The email lashed out at investigators and linked to several articles he claimed proved “the police have played a very difficult role in my investigation.”
Weinstein wrote, “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.”
Katherine Kendall, an actress in the film “Swingers” and one of Weinstein’s accusers, told the New York Times, “It’s all about him. He 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. 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.”
Weinstein’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman told the New York Times, “We are getting killed by people writing articles, books, and creating a sensation out of a case that has been in shambles. It’s part of my job to defend Harvey in the public arena, where unfortunately the case is being litigated, and in the courtroom. I have a defence strategy, it is not a media strategy.”
Brafman said that he and his team had not been aware of Weinstein’s plans to send the email.