New York Judge Drops Sexual Assault Charge Against Harvey Weinstein

New York Judge Drops Sexual Assault Charge Against Harvey Weinstein

A judge in NY dismissed part of the criminal sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein on Thursday.

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, the lead prosecutor in the case, insisted that the agreement to drop the count would have no bearing on the case's resolution.

Prosecutors said actress Lucia Evans had given a witness a different version of the alleged sex assault from the one she had given them.

The detective allegedly hid information about the witness in dealing with prosecutors and allegedly cajoled the witness into not disclosing what she knew.

Weinstein's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, unsuccessfully urged Judge James Burke to deep-six the whole case, telling him: "The integrity of these proceedings has been compromised".

Brafman told the court that he planned to file additional motions to have the remaining five charges dismissed. "Nor does it reflect on Lucia's consistent allegation that she was sexually assaulted with force by Harvey Weinstein", she said in a written statement.

According to the letter, the detective told the witness she had no obligation to cooperate with prosecutors and "less is more". But Goldberg says Evans' friend changed her story.

Although Brafman said he has "great respect" for the D.A.'s office, "I have deep regret that the thoroughness of the investigation did not prevent them from charging Mr. Weinstein with a crime he did not commit".

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The move came after prosecutors announced in court that they wouldn't oppose the request from lawyers for the once-powerful movie mogul.

Attorney Carrie Goldberg says in a statement that the prosecution's decision to "abandon" her client, Lucia Evans, speaks to a system that needs to be reformed.

The New York Post, never known for its restraint, blasted out a headline just before the judge dismissed the sexual assault count, wondering if the D.A.'s case is "in danger of falling apart".

Weinstein, an global pariah after being accused by more than 80 women of sexual misconduct, is still charged with rape in March 2013 and a forced act of oral sex in 2006, which could see him spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.

Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein enters Manhattan criminal court in NY, where he pleaded not guilty to rape and sex assault charges.

For example, in the weeks and months after an alleged attack in March 2013, the accuser wrote to Weinstein, saying, "Hope to see you sooner than later", then "It would mean a lot if we could catch up over a drink then" and "Miss you big guy". 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.

It reportedly comes after the district attorney's office discovered a previous written account by Evans which could suggest that her sexual encounter with Weinstein was consensual.

Film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court for his hearing in N.Y., October 11, 2018.

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