Manhattan Judge Drops One Criminal Charge Against Harvey Weinstein

Manhattan Judge Drops One Criminal Charge Against Harvey Weinstein

One of the six counts that now-disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is facing has been dropped by the Manhattan district attorney after new evidence emerged that cast doubt on one of the three women accusing him of sexual assault. The union represented New York City police detectives also didn't immediately return a message.

They used her. They had all the evidence they have now and they still put her through the torture of walking through the scene of the crime, handing over her therapy and medical records, undergoing their cross-examination for hours upon hours.

It says the accuser told prosecutors that the inconsistencies may have been caused by a flawed memory.

In a statement released to CBS New York, the New York Police Department said it is "fully confident in the overall case it had pursued against Mr. Weinstein".

The basis for the motion filed by Ben Brafman said prosecutors withheld evidence when presenting the case to the grand jury, such as friendly emails that one of Weinstein accusers sent to him.

Weinstein's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said he will refile motions seeking to dismiss all of the charges against his client, saying that in the #MeToo movement he was "low hanging fruit". Goldberg said the prosecution "jumped ship" and "ultimately she was caught between the middle of a feud between the NYPD and the DA's office".

The letter also said prosecutors had recently obtained an email that Evans wrote in 2015 to the man she later married.

"I want to be very clear that prosecutors' decision to abandon my client's claims does not invalidate the truth of her claims", Ms Goldberg said.

Four other charges remain in the case against Weinstein before the Manhattan Criminal Court.

The ditched sexual assault count stemmed from allegations by Lucia Evans, who told the New Yorker a year ago that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex in his office in 2004.

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Weinstein says he is innocent.

"It only speaks volumes about the Manhattan district attorney's office and its mishandling of my client's case".

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.

A judge agreed to dismiss allegations by one of three accusers in the case, Lucia Evans.

"I'm not certain he will have any choice but to dismiss the entire indictment against Harvey Weinstein", Brafman said. 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. The upshot - the witness says Evans was not forced to perform oral sex.

Weinstein's lawyers and prosecutors had been wrangling over the part of the indictment pertaining to Evans' allegations over the last few weeks in closed-door meetings and sealed court papers.

Mr Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women.

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.

He denies assaulting anyone.

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