No charges for We­in­stein

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Steven Zeitchik

The Man­hat­tan dis­trict at­tor­ney has de­cided not to bring crim­i­nal charges against film mogul Har­vey We­in­stein for an in­ci­dent in which he was al­leged to have groped an Ital­ian model.

The of­fice of Cyrus Vance said Fri­day that it wouldn’t pur­sue legal ac­tion af­ter the model, 22-year-old Ambra Bat­ti­lana, ac­cused We­in­stein of grop­ing her and putting a hand un­der her skirt in a meet­ing at his down­town Man­hat­tan of­fice two weeks ago.

“This case was taken se­ri­ously from the out­set, with a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­ducted by our Sex Crimes Unit,” said Joan Vollero, a spokes­woman at Vance’s of­fice. She added: “Af­ter an­a­lyz­ing the avail­able ev­i­dence, in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple in­ter­views with both par­ties, a crim­i­nal charge is not sup­ported.”

On Fri­day af­ter­noon, We­in­stein re­leased a state­ment through a spokes­woman, Risa Heller, say­ing, “We are pleased this episode is be­hind us.”

We­in­stein, co-founder of the for­mer Mi­ra­max Pic­tures and cur­rent en­ter­tain­ment pro­ducer and dis­trib­u­tor the We­in­stein Co., could have faced mis­de­meanor charges had the dis­trict at­tor­ney opted to pur­sue legal ac­tion.

Bat­ti­lana pre­vi­ously had been in­volved in a sex-scan­dal case against for­mer Ital­ian Prime Min­is­ter Sil­vio Ber­lus­coni in her home coun­try. We­in­stein had met Bat­ti­lana the night be­fore the al­leged in­ci­dent at the open­ing of the New York Spring Spec­tac­u­lar, a live show he is pro­duc­ing at Ra­dio City Mu­sic Hall.

The con­tro­versy came at a busy time for We­in­stein, with his his­tor­i­cal drama about art stolen by Nazis, “Woman in Gold,” cur­rently in the­aters, and “Find­ing Nev­er­land,” based on the hit 2004 movie, set to open on Broad­way on Wed­nes­day.

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