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Weinstein in court as judge mulls future of sex assault case

Weinstein in court as judge mulls future of sex assault case”

In a shocking disclosure, the pal said that she gave the same account to the detective during the February 2 phone interview while her attorney was present - adding that she had also told him that a fact checker from the New Yorker had called to confirm Evans' assault claims.

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, the lead prosecutor in the case, insisted that the agreement to drop the count would have no bearing on the case's resolution.

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

Weinstein's lawyer, Ben Brafman, has said in court filings that prosecutors withheld evidence that would have made the grand jury think twice about charging him, such as friendly emails one accuser sent after the alleged rape.

Brafman, Weinstein's lawyer, told the judge he believes Evans lied both to the grand jury and to The New Yorker about her encounter with Weinstein.

An attorney for the Harvey Weinstein accuser whose case has been dropped says it does not "invalidate the truth of her claims".

If convicted of the most serious charges, Weinstein could still get jail time and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Brafman said prosecutors discovered Evans' written account about her encounter with Weinstein from a fact-checker with The New Yorker, and said he would subpoena the magazine. She said she had initially met Weinstein at a restaurant in Manhattan earlier that summer.

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

Harvey Weinstein appeared without handcuffs in New York Supreme Court this morning and even flashed a faint smile, a big change from his previous sober and shackled appearances in his sexual assault trial.

Police said Thursday that DiGaudio, who had been outspoken in the media about wanting Weinstein charged, is being investigated by the department and no longer has an active role in the Weinstein probe.

A lawyer for Evans said they were disappointed by the decision, saying in a statement the district attorney abandoned their client.

Mr Weinstein's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said he would seek to have the remaining charges dismissed as well.

"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".

More than 75 women have publicly accused Weinstein of wrongdoing. "The evidence shows that the criminal case against him is strong". 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. He wore a Global Positioning System monitor is on US$1m bail.



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