Manhattan DA drops part of 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

The revelation of numerous allegations about Weinstein, beyond the three women involved in the criminal case, helped spark the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Why was the charge dropped?

In the story, 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.

A letter dated September 12 that reportedly describes the Evans-Weinstein encounter as consensual will be unsealed later today by the court.

In a story published by The New Yorker magazine a year ago, Ms Evans alleged the assault happened during a meeting in his office when she was a 21-year-old student. Weinstein's lawyer Ben Brafman asked the judge to review all of the detective's work, but the judge has yet to respond to that request.

Five charges involving alleged sex assaults on two women remain.

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Vance's office also learned that the witness had given the account to a New York City police detective, who failed to inform the prosecutors, according to the letter.

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

The friend told prosecutors that Evans admitted she performed the sex act and during the conversation was "upset, embarrassed and shaking".

Prosecutors said the police detective didn't share any of that information with prosecutors and urged the woman not to reveal details, saying "less is more", and that she had no obligation to cooperate with investigators.

An attorney for Weinstein has said that he plans to file motions to dismiss each of the remaining charges.

In a statement, a lawyer for Evans said she was disappointed by the DA's decision to "abandon" her.

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Evans' attorney says the decision does not "invalidate the truth of her claims". "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. The case includes rape and sexual assault charges.

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.

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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.

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. If found guilty, the much accused co-founder of The Weinstein Company could spend the rest of his life in prison.

The collapse of part of the case against him could mean trouble for the prosecutor. "There is a rush to arrest, there is pressure to arrest, and what we see is that happened in this case".

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