Weinstein’s Lawyers Seek To Dismiss Sex Assault Charges

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In a motion filed in NY state court in Manhattan, Weinstein's lawyers said the emails showed "a long-term, consensual, intimate relationship" between Weinstein and an unnamed woman who has accused him of raping her in 2013.

Ben Brafman, Weinstein's laywer, said in a statement: "The motions filed today reflect the first opportunity for Mr Weinstein to present legal arguments as to why the indictment filed against him should be dismissed". The next hearing in the case is scheduled for September 20.

"Miss you big guy", another message added a few months later.

"The pending indictment against Mr Weinstein must be dismissed at the pretrial stage because it is legally infirm based on the District Attorney's failure to provide exculpatory email evidence to the Grand Jury".

In January 2014, the defence quoted her as writing: "Your (sic) the one who makes it look good with your smile and attractive eyes!"

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"There is no one else I would enjoy catching up with that understands me quite like you", she wrote in another.

Some of the messages appeared even more intimate.

After saying she had a schedule conflict and couldn't make it to a hotel to see him in February 2017, the woman explained: "I love you, always do".

In another exchange, she wrote to say: "Just had u cross my mind and thought u would send a hello".

"Love to cross your mind it's my favorite exercise", Weinstein responds, according to the filings.

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She is also believed to have made contact with the Hollywood mogul when she needed help securing a job and for comfort when her father was ill.

Last month, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the 66-year-old Weinstein is charged with "some of the most serious sexual offenses" that exist under state law. "No one can be happy to be in the position that he is in", Brafman said in June outside of the courthouse.

"Mr Weinstein categorically denies that he had non-consensual sex with any person, and specifically the three accusers in the pending indictment", Mr Brafman wrote in the 159-page filing.

Brafman also said there were witnesses who could corroborate Weinstein's denials of the charges, which involve separate encounters with three women in Manhattan. His lawyers say that amounts to misconduct - failure to present crucial evidence - and warrants dismissal of the indictment.

A lawyer or representative for the woman was not immediately known to request comment on the motion.

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The accusations against Weinstein led to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women publicly accuse powerful men in business, politics and entertainment of sexual harassment and abuse.

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