Manhattan Judge Drops One Criminal Charge Against Harvey Weinstein

Manhattan Judge Drops One Criminal Charge Against Harvey Weinstein

Manhattan Judge Drops One Criminal Charge Against Harvey Weinstein

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon told the judge that prosecutors would not oppose dismissal of the count in the case involving Evans. A message left on a phone used by the detective in the past wasn't immediately returned.

Weinstein's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, told the judge he believed Evans had lied both to the grand jury and to The New Yorker about her encounter with Weinstein.

An attorney for Evans told reporters outside the court that the prosecution "jumped ship" and "ultimately she was caught between the middle of a feud between the NYPD and the DA's office", according to CNN. Mr Weinstein has denied all the charges.

Prosecutors also disclosed that they had discovered a draft email that Evans had written three years ago to a man who is now her husband that "describes details of the sexual assault that differ from the account" she provided to investigators.

TMZ broke the story. the lead detective in the Weinstein cases is under investigation after allegedly tampering with a witness who claimed Evans admitted to her she voluntarily engaged in oral sex to score an acting role.

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The witness had given the different account to a NY police officer who had failed to tell prosecutors, the letter added.

The development was announced in court Thursday with Weinstein looking on. Nicholas DiGaudio interviewed a friend of Evans by telephone but told prosecutors she didn't want to cooperate, according to the filing.

In a statement, a spokesperson for The New Yorker said that the magazine stands by their reporting and fact-checking process, adding that "Any assertion by lawyers for Harvey Weinstein that The New Yorker had information that contradicted Lucia Evans's account is patently incorrect".

"The evidence shows that the criminal case against him is strong", the statement said.

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Weinstein has been accused of misconduct by dozens of women, allegations that torpedoed his career and helped launch the #MeToo movement.

Harvey Weinstein's attorney says an accuser should be criminally prosecuted for perjury following the decision to drop part of the case against him. Days later, The New Yorker published the first in a series of articles in which women brought forth allegations of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment against the film executive.

He has pleaded not guilty and is free on $1 million bail.

New York Police officials poured on the pressure, too, saying publicly they believed they had gathered ample evidence to make an arrest.

The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they consent to being identified publicly, as Evans has.

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