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Harvey Weinstein once wrote in an email that actress Jennifer Aniston “should be killed,” newly unsealed court documents claim.
The disgraced Hollywood producer was sentenced to 23 years in prison on Wednesday, but ahead of his sentencing, around 1,000 pages of previously confidential court documents were unsealed. Among them was an email regarding Jennifer Aniston, Variety reports.
Weinstein, 67, received an email from a reporter seeking comment on allegations that Weinstein had groped Aniston, according to Variety. The email reportedly read, “The National Enquirer intends to publish a story reporting Jennifer Aniston was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein.”
“Jen Aniston should be killed,” Weinstein wrote in a response email dated October 31, 2017, court documents say.
Aniston’s representative denied claims that Weinstein assaulted the “Friends” actress, issuing a response to Variety that reads, “The National Enquirer claims are false. Jennifer has not been harassed or assaulted by Harvey.”
The National Enquirer’s email was sent around the time that accusations surrounding Weinstein first began to surface, with both The New York Times and The New Yorker publishing bombshell stories featuring claims from numerous woman, including actresses like Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, that Weinstein sexually abused or harassed them. The list of accusers grew alongside the rising tide of the #MeToo movement, with more and more women in the film industry coming forward to share their stories about sexual misconduct.
Weinstein was arrested in 2018 and following a lengthy legal process he was ultimately convicted of committing a criminal sex act for assaulting a production assistant at his apartment in 2006 and raping another woman in 2013, according to the Associated Press. Weinstein was acquitted of the charge of predatory sexual assault, the most serious charge he faced.
He was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison, less than the 29-year maximum he faced, the outlet reports.
Weinstein has maintained his innocence throughout proceedings and has claimed that any sexual contact he had with his accusers was consensual.
“I’m innocent. I’m innocent. I’m innocent. How could this happen in America?” Weinstein said after being convicted, according to his lawyer. Weinstein's counsel has also stated that they plan to appeal the conviction.
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