ONE DOWN, FIVE MORE TO GO FOR WEINSTEIN
A New York court dismissed one of six charges of assault filed against the disgraced producer, citing inconsistencies in the alleged victim’s story
ANew York judge on Thursday 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, including inconsistencies in the plaintiff’s story.
The dismissed charge concerns an alleged sexual assault of a Lucia Evans by Weinstein in 2004. Five other charges, involving alleged assaults of two other women, remain in the case. 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.
“What troubles me is that when you are vilified in the media, as has Mr. Weinstein, there is a rush to judgment, which is offensive to the concept of fairness and due process,” Brafman said. “There is a rush to arrest, there is pressure to arrest, and what we see is that happened in this case,” he added.
Over 70 women in the industry, including actors Asia Argento, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Lea Seydoux and Eva Green, have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. However, Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.
As the accusations against Weinstein mounted, his company fired him and filed for bankruptcy, and he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Weinstein is known for producing films such as Shakespeare in Love (1998), Pulp Fiction (1994), and The King’s Speech (2010).
Harvey Weinstein has denied having nonconsensual sex with anyone