Harvey Weinstein said Jennifer Aniston 'should be killed' for accusing him of sexual harassment: Court files
Harvey Weinstein's crimes continue to haunt him through intense court battles and court documents have started to shed light on comments he had made in the past. A victim of his harsh words included 'Friends' alum Jennifer Aniston.
The convicted sex offender reportedly said through an email that Aniston "should be killed", New York Times reported. Court documents further revealed that this was said in response to a rumor that Weinstein, 67, had once groped Aniston. While the actress' team hasn't agreed to put forth a comment, a source revealed to E! News that "the accusations that the National Enquirer launched at him are not true in regards to Jennifer. He did not harass or assault her".
Weinstein's representative or legal team didn't comment on the situation.
Other court documents that were recently unsealed also revealed Bob Weinstein's sentiments of his brother's alleged crimes. Bob had written to his brother in an email saying, "U deserve a lifetime achievement award for the sheer savagery and immorality and inhumanness, for the acts u have perpetrated, I pray there is a real hell… That's where u belong. (sic)."
The disgraced producer asked for a "second chance" as he tried to gain support by emails, hoping to continue to work at Miramax. "My board is thinking of firing me, all I'm asking for is, let me take a leave of absence and get into heavy therapy and counseling whether it be in a facility or somewhere. Allow me to resurrect myself with a second chance," Weinstein said. Even though Weinstein went to rehab, he was still fired from the board.
Weinstein was found guilty on two counts - "rape in the third degree and criminal sexual act in the first degree." As he awaits sentencing in Rikers Island jail, New York, he is said to be facing up to 29 years behind bars. His attorneys have to fight their client's four sexual assault charges in Los Angeles, in which the producer has denied "accusations of non-consensual sex".
Weinstein’s lawyers have said that their client's "remarkable accomplishments" warrant a lighter prison sentence and have petitioned the judge that presided over the New York trial to sentence Weinstein "to the minimum of five years in prison". Weinstein's defense team is led by Donna Rotunno and while they have pleaded for the lightest sentence, Judge James Burke will deliver the producer sentence at the Supreme Court in New York on Wednesday at 9.30 am.
A letter was addressed to Judge Burke from Rotunno and lawyers on the team, stating, "His life story, his accomplishments, and struggles are simply remarkable and should not be disregarded in total because of the jury’s verdict."