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

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

His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said he would seek to have the remaining charges dismissed as well. He also said he believed a police detective had corruptly attempted to influence the case by keeping a witness from testifying about her misstatements. "It only speaks volumes about the Manhattan DA's office and its mishandling of my client's case".

She says Weinstein forced her into oral sex in 2004.

In a story published by The New Yorker magazine a year ago, Ms Evans alleged the assault happened during a meeting in his office when she was a 21-year-old student.

"Sexual assault is a serious crime", Brafman said outside the courthouse in Lower Manhattan Thursday, "but falsely accusing someone of sexual assault is also a serious crime".

Prosecutors said actress Lucia Evans had given a witness a different version of the alleged sex assault from the one she had given them.

The dismissed charge was one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree based on allegations made by actress Lucia Evans, who publicly accused Weinstein previous year of forcing her to perform oral sex in 2004, the Daily Beast reported.

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.

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.

Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi told Burke at a hearing that new information "was previously unknown to the people" - and that they wouldn't fight the defense request to toss one of the charges due to this info.

Evans claims Weinstein forced himself on her, but the witness says otherwise.

"This is an attack on the fundamental integrity of the grand jury process". The case includes rape and sexual assault charges. A message left on a phone used by the detective in the past wasn't immediately returned. The union representing New York City police detectives also didn't return a message.

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

Vance has already been fiercely criticized for declining to prosecute Weinstein when an Italian model accused him of grabbing her breasts in 2015.

There are still five criminal charges against the embattled producer involving two other women. 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. "There is a rush to arrest, there is pressure to arrest, and what we see is that happened in this case".

"This is not about suggesting that a woman who comes forward should not be believed", Brafman said in a press conference. If found guilty, the much accused co-founder of The Weinstein Company could spend the rest of his life in prison.