Weinstein Releases Emails Suggesting Long Relationship with Accuser


James Cohen was quoted in a New York Times article about the release of email records in the sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein.

The attorney for Harvey Weinstein accused the Manhattan district attorney’s office on Friday of withholding hundreds of emails from the grand jury that suggest the producer’s relationship with a woman accusing him of rape was consensual and lasted for years after the alleged attack.

James A. Cohen, a professor of law at Fordham University, said he doubted the emails would derail the case against Mr. Weinstein because, he said, jurors will understand that “people say things in the moment that they don’t particularly mean.”

Still, the emails will present hurdles for prosecutors. If the judge does not throw out the indictment, Mr. Brafman may use the correspondence at trial to raise questions about the accuser’s credibility.

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