Sex charge dis­missed

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - World/region -

NEW YORK – A judge here yes­ter­day dis­missed one of the six crim­i­nal charges against movie pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein after pros­e­cu­tors said they could not op­pose the dis­missal in light of in­for­ma­tion they had learned while in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case.

The dis­missed charge con­cerns an al­leged sex­ual as­sault of an as­pir­ing ac­tress by We­in­stein in 2004. Five other charges, in­volv­ing al­leged as­saults of two other women, re­main in the case in Man­hat­tan crim­i­nal court. We­in­stein has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

We­in­stein’s lawyer, Ben­jamin Braf­man, said he would seek dis­missal of the re­main­ing charges as well. He also said that he would in­ves­ti­gate what he de­scribed as “per­jury” be­fore the grand jury that in­dicted We­in­stein, and the con­duct of a New York City po­lice de­tec­tive in­volved in the case.

The woman who ac­cused We­in­stein of as­sault­ing her in 2004, Lu­cia Evans, told the New Yorker in Oc­to­ber 2017 that We­in­stein forced her to per­form oral sex on him when she was a 21-year-old col­lege stu­dent.

We­in­stein has de­nied hav­ing non-con­sen­sual sex with any­one fol­low­ing ac­cu­sa­tions by more than 70 women, mostly young ac­tresses and other women em­ployed in the movie busi­ness, of sex­ual mis­con­duct, in­clud­ing rape, dat­ing back decades.

The ac­cu­sa­tions led to the #Metoo move­ment in which hun­dreds of women pub­licly ac­cused pow­er­ful men in busi­ness, pol­i­tics and en­ter­tain­ment of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and abuse.

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