Weinstein’s lawyer denies charges

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer says the woman who has accused him of rape in his criminal case was in a decade-long consensual relationship with the film producer that continued after the alleged attack.

Attorney Benjamin Brafman made the remark after meeting behind closed doors with prosecutors and a New York judge Tuesday over defense concerns about whether Weinstein can get a fair trial.

Brafman didn’t identify the woman by name. Neither have prosecutors.

The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assaults without their consent.

Brafman called the rape charges “absurd.” Weinstein was arrested Friday. He has consistently denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

Puppet film promoter fights lawsuit

The promoter of a new Melissa McCarthy movie says a lawsuit from the makers of Sesame Street could be devastating for the film’s August release.

Lawyers for the company — STX Productions LLC — want a judge to reject trademark-infringement claims by Sesame Workshop in a federal lawsuit last week.

They say no reasonable parent would confuse R-rated The Happytime Murders with the long-running puppet-driven educational children’s program, despite the caption “NO SESAME, ALL STREET” on promotional materials.

McCarthy’s movie features the comedian as a human detective investigating grisly puppet murders with a puppet detective.

New member of Kennedy family

Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy and his wife have added another boy to their brood.

Amy Kennedy gave birth Sunday night to the couple’s fourth child, Marshall, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in New Jersey. He made his first public appearance Tuesday along with his parents and older siblings — 10-year-old stepsister Harper Petigout (PET’-ih-goo), 6-year-old Owen, 4-year-old Nora and 2-year-old Nell.

Amy Kennedy was a public school teacher for more than 15 years and serves on the board of Mental Health America.

Kennedy, a Democrat, was elected in 1994 and chose not to run again in 2010, the year after his father, Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, died.