Manhattan Judge Drops One Criminal Charge Against Harvey Weinstein


Film producer Harvey Weinstein sits during his hearing at Manhattan Criminal Court in NY, U.S., October 11, 2018.

Harvey Weinstein is set to appear before a NY judge on Thursday as his lawyers try to get charges dismissed in his criminal case.

The judge agreed to dismiss the lone charge in the case related to aspiring actress Lucia Evans who helped launch the #MeToo movement.

Out on $1 million bail after having entered a not-guilty plea to the first round of indictment and surrendering his passport earlier this year, Weinstein was last in court July 9 to enter another not-guilty plea.

A lawyer for Evans said she was disappointed by the decision to "abandon" her.

The office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. had charged Mr. Weinstein with crimes including rape and predatory sexual assault. "Nor does it reflect on Lucia's consistent allegation that she was sexually assaulted with force by Harvey Weinstein", said attorney Carrie Goldberg.

"It only speaks volumes about the Manhattan district attorney's office and its mishandling of my client's case". He also said he believed a police detective had corruptly attempted to influence the case by keeping the witness from testifying about her misstatements.

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

"According to the Witness.the Complainant [Evans] told the Witness that.the Complainant had gone to the defendant's office, where the Defendant told her, in substance, that he would arrange for the Complainant to receive an acting job if she agreed to perform oral sex upon him".

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.

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The witness reportedly told this to an NYPD detective a year ago.

"The integrity of these proceedings has been compromised", he claimed.

"I think this grand jury is irreparably damaged".

He says that as of now, DiGaudio has "no active role" in the Weinstein investigation but remains on duty.

"We take these allegations seriously", Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said.

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

There was no immediate response from the New York Police Department.

This decision comes after Weinstein's lawyers argued that there are legal problems with the criminal case against him. 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.

Remaining charges include allegations Weinstein raped a woman in 2013 and forced a sex act on a different woman in 2006. "There is a rush to arrest, there is pressure to arrest, and what we see is that happened in this case".

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