Judicial documents reveal that the disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein said in an email that someone should “kill” actress Jennifer Aniston, and in the face of accusations of abuse against her, she asked for help from personalities such as the New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg
The documents, which were made public on Tuesday, suggest that on October 31, 2017, with the #MeToo movement boiling, the Weinstein Sallie Hofmeister representative informed the producer via email that Enquirer magazine threatened to publish a story that pointed out that Aniston had also been the victim of his abuses.
Enquirer claimed that Aniston had told a friend that Weinstein had touched her ass several times during events related to the film “Derailed” (2005) and that “she was staring at her cleavage.”
About 45 minutes after receiving the email from his representative with the information he intended to publish the Enquirer, Weinstein responded with a brief email: “Someone should kill Jennifer Aniston.”
The emails are part of numerous documents registered in the Supreme Court of Manhattan, where Weinstein has been tried since last January 6, and that have been made public one day before the reading of his sentence, scheduled for Wednesday, After being convicted of rape in the third degree and criminal act in the first degree.
After knowing this lapidary phrase of Weinstein, Aniston’s representative, Stephen Huvane, said that the Enquirer’s information, which was never published, was “false.”
“Jennifer has never been harassed or attacked by Harvey Weinstein,” said Huvane, who said the producer “was never close enough to touch her” and the two have never been alone.
The court documents also reveal how Weinstein asked some of the most important politicians and businessmen in the US for help. when the accusations of abuse began to rain to try to prevent the co-founded producer’s board of directors from firing him.
The producer sent emails to both the former mayor of New York and retired candidate to the democratic primary Michael Bloolmberg and to the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, and the CEOs of Apple and the financial entity Goldman Sachs, Tim Cook and Lloyd Blankfein respectively.
“All I ask is that they let me ask for a leave of absence and start intensive therapy … to be able to resuscitate and have a second chance,” Weinstein said in his help messages.
He argued in them that “many of the accusations are false” and that the attempts of his board of directors to throw him out of the company were not only wrong, but that they were “illegal” and could lead to the “destruction of the company”.
Most of the politicians and businessmen who received Weinstein’s request for help never answered.
Weinstein, 67, was found guilty by a jury at the end of February of first-degree sexual assault, which carries between 5 and 25 years in prison, for practicing oral sex by force to production assistant Mimi Haley in 2006; and rape in third grade, punishable by a maximum of 4 years, against aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013.
The Prosecutor’s Office asked for a ruling this weekend that reflects “the seriousness of his accusations” and “the lack of remorse for the damage he has caused”, in addition to arguing before the judge that the producer had a history of sexual assault and harassment, bad behavior and bad actions in the work environment and other diverse actions since 1978.