If convicted of the most serious charges, Weinstein could still get jail time and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The witness alleges that Evans later agreed to give Weinstein oral sex in exchange for a movie role.
Prosecutors in New York City abandoned part of their sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein on Thursday after evidence surfaced that a police detective coached a witness to stay silent about evidence that cast doubt on the account of one of his earliest accusers.
The revelation of numerous allegations about Weinstein, beyond the three women involved in the criminal case, helped spark the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault.
In an expose published in The New Yorker one year ago Wednesday, Evans accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex when they met alone in his office in 2004 to discuss her fledgling acting career.
"The integrity of these proceedings has been compromised", Mr Brafman said. That came after the Manhattan D.A.'s office slapped him with additional and more damning sex crime charges on July 2. The judge did not say whether he'll do that.
In a letter dated September 12, the D.A.'s office told Brafman that they had interviewed the witness after the grand jury indicted Weinstein.Читайте также: We shot ourselves in the foot, says Hearts boss Craig Levein
"Nor does it reflect on Lucia's consistent allegation that she was sexually assaulted with force by Harvey Weinstein".
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. 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 New York Police Department is also investigating claims that the lead detective on her case had advised Evans to keep this information that could potentially undermine her claim to herself.
"Nothing in the disclosure relating to count six impacts the strength of the remaining case and the remaining counts in the indictment, all five of them, including predatory sexual assault", she said.
Evans claims Weinstein forced it on her.
A source familiar with the investigation told CNN at the time that the criminal sex act charge was from a case involving aspiring actress Lucia Evans, who alleged Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Tribeca office in 2004.
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. "There is a rush to arrest, there is pressure to arrest, and what we see is that happened in this case". The former movie producer pleaded not guilty to all of them and was granted bail at $1 million.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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