Harvey Weinstein has asked a federal bankruptcy court on Friday to let The Weinstein Company give him access to his old emails and personal files as he attempts to defend himself in the ongoing state and federal investigations in New York, Los Angeles and London.
The co-founder of The Weinstein Company has filed a petition with the US Bankruptcy Court located in Delaware, to get access to his old files without which he will not be able to ‘exonerate himself.’
According to the court documents, Weinstein has made several requests for to get access to the emails and his personal documents but the company consistently refused or imposed ‘incredulous conditions.’
Weinstein’s attorney Scott Cousins wrote, “The debtors’ continued refusal to permit Mr. Weinstein to access these emails has significantly impinged his ability to effectively defend himself from these allegations, and is a continuing deprivation of his due-process rights.”
Weinstein says that he got access to only a few handful emails related to the one pending investigation, which the defense attorneys presented in the court to the authorities as evidence to cast the event in a more favourable light. He asked the court for continued access to the emails and files in order to continue mounting a defense.
“By denying him access to potentially exculpatory emails, [TWC is] depriving Mr. Weinstein of his due process rights and preventing him from properly defending against these allegations,” Cousins argued.
Since last year, Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women, which Weinstein has consistently and repeatedly refused and denied. Weinstein conceded in his court documents that he is undergoing criminal investigation of these pending rampant sexual misconduct allegations, first detailed by the New York Times and The New Yorker.
The company had filed for bankruptcy after an attempt to sell it to a group of investors, who wanted to reconstitute the company as a female led one, failed.