Manhattan DA Drops Part of Sex Assault Case Against Harvey Weinstein

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The lead detective in the Weinstein cases is now under investigation after tampering with a witness.

"This is not about suggesting that a woman who comes forward should not be believed", Brafman said in a press conference.

"Sexual assault is a serious crime", Brafman said outside the courthouse in Lower Manhattan Thursday, "but falsely accusing someone of sexual assault is also a serious crime".

According to ABC News, prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon dropped count six of the indictment involving Lucia Evans, an actress who accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in 2004.

The woman, prosecutors said, told the detective in February that Weinstein had offered them money to flash their breasts during the restaurant encounter.

The witness told prosecutors that she and Evans met Weinstein in a bar during summer 2004. Nicholas DiGaudio interviewed a friend of Evans by telephone but told prosecutors she didn't want to cooperate, according to the filing.

Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein enters Manhattan criminal court in NY, where he pleaded not guilty to rape and sex assault charges.

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.

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In a shocking disclosure, the pal said that she gave the same account to the detective during the February 2 phone interview while her attorney was present - adding that she had also told him that a fact checker from the New Yorker had called to confirm Evans' assault claims.

The witness alleges that Evans later agreed to give Weinstein oral sex in exchange for a movie role.

An attorney for Evans said she is very disappointed that the prosecution decided not to oppose the defense motion to dismiss the count. Rather, "it only speaks volumes about the Manhattan D.A.'s office and its mishandling of my client's case".

More than 75 women have publicly accused Weinstein of wrongdoing.

The collapse of part of the case against him could mean trouble for the prosecutor.

Brafman asked in August for the entire case against Weinstein be thrown out, disclosing dozens of intimate emails between his client and his alleged rape victim, in which she said "I love you". At the time, Vance cited a lack of supporting evidence, despite the existence of a clandestinely made recording of Weinstein discussing the episode with the woman.

Out on $1 million bail after having entered a not-guilty plea to the first round of indictment and surrendering his passport earlier this year, Weinstein was last in court July 9 to enter another not-guilty plea.

New York Police officials poured on the pressure, too, saying publicly that they believed they had gathered ample evidence to make an arrest.

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