Tuesday, 18 June, 2019

NYPD detective's role cited in Weinstein case

Weinstein wins dismissal of criminal charge for alleged sex assault Harvey Weinstein Gets A Big Win As NY Judge Dismisses One Count And Gives Defense More Time To Fight
Lora Ball | 11 October, 2018, 23:45

She added that Evan's claims remain and that her client will continue her fight in other venues.

Prosecutor confronted the detective, who admitted he'd failed to turn over the damning details, but denied discouraging the witness from cooperating.

Weinstein appeared before New York Judge James Burke as his lawyers tried to have some or all of the charges he faces dismissed.

Evans claimed that Weinstein promised an acting role if she gave him oral sex.

"Let me be clear: the decision to throw away my client's sexual assault charges says nothing about Weinstein's guilt or innocence". At the time, Evans was a 21-year-old college student.

The lead detective in the Weinstein cases is now under investigation after tampering with a witness.

One of the charges against Harvey Weinstein was dropped after evidence emerged that a police detective had urged a witness to keep quiet about inconsistencies in the accuser's accounts.

Evans told her friend when they walked home that night that she had flashed her breasts to Weinstein in the restaurant's hallway.

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

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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.

The development was announced in court with Weinstein looking on.

Weinstein is also charged with raping a woman in 2013 and forcing an unwanted sex act on a woman in 2006.

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".

An attorney for Evans said she is very disappointed that the prosecution decided not to oppose the defense motion to dismiss the count.

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.

Images of Weinstein in handcuffs were seen by many women as a cathartic moment in the #MeToo reckoning. At the time, Vance cited a lack of supporting evidence, despite the existence of a clandestinely made recording of Weinstein discussing the episode with the woman.

The 66-year-old father of five, out on a $1 million bail and forced to wear a Global Positioning System monitor, attended the latest court hearing and denies any non-consensual sexual relations. 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.

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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