Harvey Weinstein Scores Victory When Judge Dismisses Sexual Assault Count

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

The Latest on the Manhattan district attorney's decision to drop some charges against Harvey Weinstein.

Some media outlets reported that there were problems with witness interviews done by one of the lead police detectives handling the investigation.

The witness claimed that Evans told she voluntarily gave Weinstein oral sex to get an acting role.

Goldberg detailed how prosecutors used Evans for months and "put her through needless torture".

The woman also told the detective - identified by Weinstein's lawyer as Nicholas DiGaudio - that sometime after Evans' office meeting with Weinstein, she suggested what happened was consensual, according to the letter. 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.

During the Thursday hearing, the prosecutors agreed to drop charges relating to an alleged sexual assault.

She says Weinstein forced her into oral sex in 2004.

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

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". He also said he believed a police detective had corruptly attempted to influence the case by keeping a witness from testifying about her misstatements.

In another inconsistency, she said she let her husband read the draft email, though she previously told investigators that she never told him about the alleged attack. Weinstein still faces charges for five additional sex crimes, including allegedly raping another woman in 2013, and sexually assaulting a third woman in 2006.

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

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

Harvey Weinstein (C) arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court for a hearing on October 11, 2018 in New York City.

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon told the judge that prosecutors wouldn't oppose dismissal of the count in the case involving Evans.

Judge James Burke is expected to issue rulings Thursday on defense motions assailing an indictment accusing Weinstein of rape and sexual assault.

"The evidence shows that the criminal case against him is strong", the statement said.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is free on $1 million bail.

He is now free on $ 1 million bail.

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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