Some charges in Weinstein sex assault case dropped

Some charges in Weinstein sex assault case dropped

Some charges in Weinstein sex assault case dropped

The Manhattan District Attorney's office on Thursday dropped part of its criminal case against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

"The people can not oppose the defense request for the dismissal of that single count", Illuzzi said.

Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, however, said the rest of the case is "full steam ahead".

While more than 75 women have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct over the past year, the criminal case in New York City involves the allegations of just three women: Evans, an unidentified woman who says he raped her in a hotel room in 2013, and an actress who said Weinstein performed a forcible sex act on her in 2006.

Brafman said the written account from Evans was discovered from a fact-checker at The New Yorker, and that he would subpoena the magazine.

In a letter dated September 12, the D.A.'s office told Brafman that they had interviewed the witness after the grand jury indicted Weinstein.

Weinstein's lawyer, Ben Brafman, asked the judge to review all of the detective's work on the case. Outside court, he suggested that Evans should be prosecuted criminally for perjury. The union represented New York City police detectives also didn't immediately return a message.

In a story published a year ago Wednesday, Evans told The New Yorker that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a meeting at his office in 2004.

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Goldberg detailed how prosecutors used Evans for months and "put her through needless torture".

The woman, prosecutors said, told the detective in February that Weinstein had offered them money to flash their breasts during the restaurant encounter. He also said he believed a police detective had corruptly attempted to influence the case by keeping a witness from testifying about her misstatements.

The friend told prosecutors that Evans admitted she performed the sex act and during the conversation was "upset, embarrassed and shaking". While the witness said she declined, she did not see Evans do so. "Nor does it reflect on Lucia's consistent allegation that she was sexually assaulted with force by Harvey Weinstein", lawyer Carrie Goldberg said.

Out on $1 million bail after having entered a not-guilty plea to the first round of indictment and surrendering his passport earlier this year, Weinstein was last in court July 9 to enter another not-guilty plea.

This decision comes after Weinstein's lawyers argued that there are legal problems with the criminal case against him.

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".

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

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