Court dis­misses 1 We­in­stein sex count

Shanghai Daily - - WORLD - (Reuters)

A NEW York judge 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.

The of­fice of Man­hat­tan District At­tor­ney Cyrus Vance made pub­lic a let­ter it had sent to Braf­man last month dis­clos­ing that an un­named wit­ness had told them that she had heard an ac­count of the al­leged as­sault from Evans that was dif­fer­ent from the one Evans orig­i­nally gave to Vance’s of­fice.

Vance’s of­fice also learned that the wit­ness had given the ac­count to a New York City po­lice de­tec­tive, who failed to in­form the pros­e­cu­tors.

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