We­in­stein in court as charge tossed

Ev­i­dence was brought that a de­tec­tive had coached a wit­ness

StarMetro Edmonton - - WORLD - Michael R. Sisak, Tom Hays

NEW YORK — Man­hat­tan’s dis­trict at­tor­ney dropped part of the crim­i­nal sex­ual as­sault case against Har­vey We­in­stein on Thurs­day af­ter ev­i­dence emerged that a po­lice de­tec­tive had coached a wit­ness to stay silent about ev­i­dence that cast doubt on the ac­count one of his three ac­cusers.

The de­vel­op­ment was an­nounced in court with We­in­stein look­ing on.

The 66-year-old for­mer movie mogul, who has de­nied all al­le­ga­tions of non-con­sen­sual sex, 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.

The tossed charge in­volves al­le­ga­tions made by Lu­cia Evans, who was among the first women to pub­licly ac­cuse We­in­stein of sex­ual as­sault.

In an ex­posé 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.

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