Harvey Weinstein: Part of sexual assault case against Hollywood producer dropped

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

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

He says that as of now, DiGaudio has "no active role" in the Weinstein investigation but remains on duty. She first spoke out about the alleged incident to Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker last fall.

The letter said the detective told the witness she had no reason to cooperate with prosecutors and "less is more". Their argument reportedly included concerns that accuser Lucia Evans's story didn't add up so they pushed for dismissal of the case.

It says the accuser told prosecutors that the inconsistencies may have been caused by a flawed memory.

The collapse of part of the case against him could mean trouble for the prosecutor.

The tossed count relates to Lucia Evans, who has accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex in 2004.

Speaking outside court later, Brafman said Evans should be criminally prosecuted for perjury, insisting it was "not about victim shaming".

He also claimed a police officer had corruptly attempted to influence the case by keeping a witness from testifying about her misstatements.

The woman, prosecutors said, told the detective in February that Weinstein had offered them money to flash their breasts during the restaurant encounter.

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Ms Evans' attorney Carrie Goldberg said in a statement that the prosecution's decision to "abandon" her client speaks to a system that needs to be reformed.

The NYPD has said it stands by the criminal case against Weinstein but has not directly addressed the alleged conduct of the investigator.

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

Weinstein, 66, still faces charges over allegations that he raped an unidentified woman in his hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006.

Weinstein says he is innocent.

His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said in court that he believes Ms Evans lied to the grand jury about what happened.

The development was announced in court Thursday with Weinstein looking on.

"I'm not certain he will have any choice but to dismiss the entire indictment against Harvey Weinstein", Brafman said. Evans has denied the account, according to a D.A.'s letter, asserting that she never exposed her breasts to Weinstein or gave him oral sex.

He walked into the criminal court in downtown Manhattan dressed in a dark suit, tie and white shirt for the brief hearing that scored at least an initial win for his defence attorney Ben Brafman.

"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".

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