Harvey Weinstein says 'I love you' email from accuser proves he's innocent

Harvey Weinstein's lawyer will seek to dismiss sexual assault charges in New York

"Among the numerous grounds supporting dismissal, the motions reveal the existence of exculpatory evidence known to the prosecution but intentionally kept from the grand jurors, communications which corroborate Mr Weinstein's factual innocence in this case".

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.

Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman told Variety that the emails prove that the accuser was a consenting sexual partner of Weinstein's rather than a sexual assault victim.

In court papers filed in NY on Friday, his lawyers said: "Based on published reports, the District Attorney's Office conducted its investigation amidst overwhelming pressure from the media, politicians and high-ranking police officials demanding the arrest of Mr Weinstein".

In their motion, they included "dozens of emails written by the anonymous accuser, who sent extensive warm, complimentary and solicitous messages to Mr Weinstein immediately following the now claimed event and over the next four-year period".

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.

Last month, the Oscar victor, 66, was slapped with an additional count of criminal sexual act in the first degree and two counts of predatory sexual assault.

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On Thursday, that same judge conceded the correspondence could be used in Mr Weinstein's motion against the criminal case, as long as the woman's identity was protected.

"There is no one else I would enjoy catching up with that understands me quite like you", the woman, who has not been publicly identified, wrote in January 2014.

"I was so happy you saw me today!" the woman apparently said that October. The other is a former production assistant who said he performed oral sex on her against her will in 2006.

His legal team wants permission to use the emails as evidence to get the indictment dismissed, claiming the Manhattan DA knew about the emails but never gave them to the grand jury.

The emails in question were allegedly sent and received through Weinstein's official company email account.

Through his company and Miramax, Weinstein won plaudits and awards for movies including "Shakespeare in Love", "Pulp Fiction" and "The King's Speech".

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