Harvey Weinstein wins dismissal of one criminal charge

Harvey Weinstein wins dismissal of one criminal charge

Goldberg insisted Evans has told the truth and disputed that she either showed Weinstein her breasts or misled investigators.

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

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.

He added: "The case against Mr Weinstein is, in my view, not sustainable". At the time, Evans was a 21-year-old college student.

TMZ broke the story. the lead detective in the Weinstein cases is under investigation after allegedly tampering with a witness who claimed Evans admitted to her she voluntarily engaged in oral sex to score an acting role.

"We know of no evidence refuting our client's report that Harvey Weinstein forcefully sexually assaulted her", she said in a statement.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jnr has already been fiercely criticised for declining to prosecute Weinstein when an Italian model accused him of grabbing her breasts in 2015.

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

His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said in court that he believes Evans lied to the grand jury about what happened. Outside court, he suggested Evans should be prosecuted for perjury.

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

"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".

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.

Carrie Goldberg, an attorney for Evans, spoke to reporters outside the court in lower Manhattan following the dismissal.

The numerous sexual misconduct accusations made against Weinstein, namely those made out of court, had raised awareness of the #MeToo movement and increased public debate about the issue of consent. 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.

Weinstein's bond was set at $10 million and he is required to wear a GPS monitoring system and is only allowed to travel within NY state or CT.

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

The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assaults unless they come forward publicly, as Evans has done.

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