Manhattan District Attorney Drops Sexual Assault Charge in Harvey Weinstein Case
- Author: Kyle Peterson Oct 12, 2018,
Oct 12, 2018, 1:46
Harvey Weinstein just scored a huge victory in his sexual assault criminal case. a judge just threw out one of the 3 cases in which he was charged. The prosecution assured they are "moving full-steam ahead" on all other counts.
In a story published by The New Yorker magazine a year ago, Ms Evans alleged the assault happened during a meeting in his office when she was a 21-year-old student.
Some media outlets reported that there were problems with witness interviews done by one of the lead police detectives handling the investigation.
The 66-year-old father of five, out on a $1 million bail and forced to wear a Global Positioning System monitor, has long pleaded not guilty to six counts allegedly committed against three women in 2004, 2006 and 2013.
Harvey Weinstein appeared without handcuffs in New York Supreme Court this morning and even flashed a faint smile, a big change from his previous sober and shackled appearances in his sexual assault trial.
Weinstein's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said he would seek dismissal of the remaining charges as well.
Why was the charge dropped?
The letter also said prosecutors had recently obtained an email that Evans wrote in 2015 to the man she later married. The union represented New York City police detectives also didn't immediately return a message.
In a statement, a lawyer for Evans said she was disappointed by the DA's decision to "abandon" her.
The witness had given the different account to a NY police officer who had failed to tell prosecutors, the letter added. She said she had initially met Weinstein at a restaurant in Manhattan earlier that summer.
She said it does not "invalidate the truth of her claims".
"Nothing in the disclosure relating to count six impacts the strength of the remaining case and the remaining counts in the indictment, all five of them, including predatory sexual assault", she said.
"According to the Witness.the Complainant [Evans] told the Witness that.the Complainant had gone to the defendant's office, where the Defendant told her, in substance, that he would arrange for the Complainant to receive an acting job if she agreed to perform oral sex upon him". He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.
"Nor does it reflect on Lucia's consistent allegation that she was sexually assaulted with force by Harvey Weinstein. If you have a person willing to commit perjury in the grand jury, that is as serious as the crime of sexual assault because it undermines the fairness of the process for all of us". If found guilty, the much accused co-founder of The Weinstein Company could spend the rest of his life in prison. "The evidence shows that the criminal case against him is strong".
New York Police officials poured on the pressure, too, saying publicly that they believed they had gathered ample evidence to make an arrest.