NY prosecutor says donations had no role in Weinstein case

NY prosecutor says donations had no role in Weinstein case

The scandal intensified on Monday, when The New Yorker revealed an audio tape captured by NYPD detectives in which Weinstein appeared to acknowledge the incident. In a report released by the The New Yorker on Tuesday, journalist Ronan Farrow outlines Gutierrez's encounter with Weinstein, and provides the recording where the producer confesses to grabbing her breasts, saying that he was "used to" doing that kind of thing to women. The donation came just months after Vance's office declined to press charges against Weinstein.

"Ask the DA if they would have made the arrest if the guy's name was Harvey Schmuck", one police official said. "It's a case that made me angrier than I thought possible, and I have been on the force a long time".

"Mr Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual".

"When a district attorney runs unopposed there becomes a real danger of developing a culture of either overt corruption or a corruption of complacency", the challenger added. While the recording is horrifying to listen to, what emerged from the audio was insufficient to prove a crime under NY law, which requires prosecutors to establish criminal intent. "Subsequent investigative steps undertaken in order to establish intent were not successful". Thanks to NYPD bungling, Freidman-Agnifilo concludes, their office had "no choice but to conclude the investigation without criminal charges". After both the New York Daily News and the New Yorker published accounts of an undercover recording of the Hollywood mogul making an admission of a previous sexual assault - and the fact that the DA passed on pressing charges - the demand for answers has crescendoed sharply. "Boies has also done work for many years for The Weinstein Co". That contribution from attorney David Boies - who previously headlined a fundraiser for Vance - was a fraction of the more than $182,000 that Boies, his son and his law partners have delivered to the Democrat during his political career.

Steve Sigmund, Vance's campaign spokesman, said the incumbent's tenure as Manhattan's top lawman spoke for itself.

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The Manhattan District Attorney's office, which is under fire for its handling of a sex assault allegation against Harvey Weinstein in 2015, is now urging other Weinstein victims to come forward.

"If we could have prosecuted Harvey Weinstein for the conduct that occurred in 2015, we would have".

Cy Vance is the same DA who called off the case against Trump Jr & Ivanka after Trump's lawyer donated to his campaign.

Last week, Assemblyman Dan Quart sent a letter to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman requesting that he investigate Vance for his role in choosing not to prosecute Trump's children. Vance subsequently dropped the case after Trump's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, contributed $31,000 to his campaign in 2012, that report said. Eventually it was dropped. "I donated to Cy Vance's campaign because I was and remain extremely impressed by him as a person of impeccable integrity, as a brilliant lawyer and as a public servant with creative ideas and tremendous ability".

Vance said a political contribution never influenced his job to uphold the law.

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