Harvard Law professor and pro-Israel advocate Alan Dershowitz is reportedly helping Harvey Weinstein's legal team in its attempt to gain access to emails they say could play a key role in vindicating the Hollywood mogul now defending his name against widespread allegations of sexual violence.
According to a report in the Hollywood Reporter, Dershowitz, who also helped defend O. J. Simpson, is offering legal advice to Weinstein's legal team on the issue.
Documents filed with the Delaware Bankruptcy Court, the Hollywood Reporter said, showed a declaration by Dershowitz as saying he was helping the team gain access to old emails from The Weinstein Co. The emails, the legal team believes, can help "exonerate" Weinstein, the report said.
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"I have agreed to consult on the specific issue of [Weinstein's lawyer's] access to his client’s personal and business emails. On information and belief, it is my professional opinion that [the lawyer] has the right to see and review these emails in order to prepare his constitutionally-mandated role as counsel to Mr. Weinstein," the Reporter quoted the document's as saying.
Weinstein's lawyer, Dershowitz wrote, "has the right to defend his client in the courts of law, in negotiations with prosecutors, in resolving civil claims in negotiation with civil lawyers and in the court of public opinion.
"On information and belief these emails contain information which is exculpatory and places the allegations against him in a truthful context."
Dershowitz has defended U.S. President Donald Trump in the media, but reportedly refused to join the president's legal team.