Part Of Harvey Weinstein Sexual Assault Case Dropped By New York Judge

Weinstein wins dismissal of criminal charge for alleged sex assault

The judge agreed to dismiss allegations by one of three accusers in the case, Lucia Evans against the 66-year-old.

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

Weinstein appeared in court overnight (AEDT). Later that evening, as they walked home, Evans allegedly told the witness that she had shown her breasts to Weinstein. The five remaining charges include predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual act in the first degree, rape in the first degree and rape in the third degree.

Manhattan's district attorney has made a decision to drop part of the criminal case against Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein has denied all the charges. Weinstein had promised to get her an acting job if she agreed to perform oral sex, and she agreed, it said.

The witness had given the different account to a NY police officer who had failed to tell prosecutors, the letter added.

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.

Brafman added that he believed a NYPD detective attempted to influence the case by encouraging the witness to remain quiet about inconsistencies, according to the Washington Post. However, an email from Evans from 2015 suggests that the interaction was consensual. She said she had initially met Weinstein at a restaurant in Manhattan earlier that summer.

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"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.

Ms Evans's lawyer, Carrie Goldberg, said her client's account of events had been accurate.

Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon insisted the rest of the case is strong and said the district attorney's office was looking into the possibility of bringing additional charges.

Weinstein is free on $1 million bail and is due back in court December 20.

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.

Weinstein appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday morning as Judge James Burke chose to dismiss count six of the eight-count indictment against the 66-year-old film producer.

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.

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

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