Manhattan DA drops part of Weinstein case

NY prosecutor drops part of sex assault case against Harvey Weinstein

The judge said the case involving then-actress Lucia Evans was dismissed. this after prosecutors jumped the gun and asked the judge to 86 the charge of sexual assault.

Weinstein, who has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex, still faces charges over allegations he raped an unidentified woman in his hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006.

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon told the judge that prosecutors would not oppose dismissal of the count in the case involving Evans. "We are moving full steam ahead".

This decision comes after Weinstein's lawyers argued that there are legal problems with the criminal case against him. "Nothing in this disclosure impacts the strength of the remaining case and the other five counts", she said, including the most serious count, for predatory sexual assault. Rather, "it only speaks volumes about the Manhattan D.A.'s office and its mishandling of my client's case".

Details emerged on Thursday after the court unsealed a letter that Manhattan prosecutors wrote to Weinstein's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, in September.

An attorney for the Harvey Weinstein accuser whose case has been dropped says it does not "invalidate the truth of her claims".

The fall of Weinstein began nearly exactly one year ago, when an article by The New York Times reported allegations that Weinstein had sexually harassed multiple women and paid them for their silence.

She says Weinstein forced her into oral sex in 2004.

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According to the witness, who was not named in the court filing, Evans had been drinking and "appeared to be upset, embarrassed and shaking" when she told the story. Bradman accused Evans of lying to the grand jury during her testimony and called for the district attorney to look into prosecuting her for perjury.

In an expose published in The New Yorker a year ago, Evans accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex when they met alone in his office in 2004 to discuss her fledgling acting career.

He walked into the criminal court in downtown Manhattan dressed in a dark suit, tie and white shirt for the brief hearing that scored at least an initial win for his defence attorney Ben Brafman.

"I think this grand jury is irreparably damaged".

The development was announced in court Thursday with Weinstein looking on. The D.A.'s office said it "recently learned" the witness" account was shared with police and that police "failed to inform our office of important account prior to the indictment in this case'.

The New Yorker, in a statement, said it stands by its reporting and fact-checking process and that "any assertion by lawyers for Harvey Weinstein that The New Yorker had information that contradicted Lucia Evans's account is patently incorrect".

The numerous sexual misconduct accusations made against Weinstein, namely those made out of court, had raised awareness of the #MeToo movement and increased public debate about the issue of consent.

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