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District Attorney Defends Decision Not to Prosecute Harvey Weinstein

12 October 2017

On Wednesday Vance said he accepts "criticism" for his decision but stands by it. She balked at entering the room, however, and said she wanted to leave.

"Yes", he said before promising, "I won't do it again". They married in 2007. Then again, I'm sure he would never define a woman's work by a decision made by a man in her general vicinity, right? But Paltrow kept working with Weinstein and didn't go public until now.

If the rape allegations are true, Weinstein could still face prosecution under the statute of limitations.

But they said the Oscar victor had a "pattern of mistreating women".

Gutierrez said the movie magnate grabbed her breasts during a meeting in his Manhattan office on March 27, 2015.

New York City police targeted Weinstein in a short sting operation in 2015 after the model accused him of groping her.

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Attorneys for Weinstein, 65, did not immediately return messages Tuesday.

Media reports have revealed that his office dropped investigations into allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein; and fraud allegations against Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. regarding the tactics that the siblings used to attract potential buyers for the Trump SoHo hotel.

But she was unable to provide further comment as she had signed a "nondisclosure agreement with Weinstein, including an affidavit stating that the acts Weinstein admits to in the recording never happened" in exchange for a financial settlement. (Weinstein's lawyer was a campaign donor to DA Cyrus Vance.) In the statement, ADA Karen Friedman Agnifilo puts the blame for the case falling apart at the feet of the NYPD. "Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance".

Vance has maintained that there was no impropriety in the campaign donations.

". If we had a case that we felt we could prosecute, and my experts felt we could prosecute, we would have".

"While the recording is horrifying to listen to, what emerged from the audio was insufficient to prove a crime under NY law, which requires prosecutors to establish criminal intent", Agnifilo said. Thanks to NYPD bungling, Freidman-Agnifilo concludes, their office had "no choice but to conclude the investigation without criminal charges".

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It added: "The detectives used well established investigative techniques". "This follow-up recorded conversation was just one aspect of the case against the subject".

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. insisted big bucks Democratic donor/alleged pervert Harvey Weinstein received no special treatment after his alleged groping of a model.

Weinstein has contributed over the years to the Democratic National Committee, along with Hillary Clinton and former President Obama.

The British actress and model Cara Delevingne is the latest to accuse Weinstein of inappropriate behaviour.

Weinstein responded to the report in a lengthy, rambling statement in which he pleaded for a second chance and apologized for the pain he had caused.

Assemblyman Dan Quart, a Democrat who represents the Upper East Side and Midtown East sections of Manhattan, sent a letter to Schneiderman's office last week-after news of the case involving the Trump children broke, but prior to the revelations about Weinstein-calling for an investigation into possible pay-to-play by Vance's office. She praised the women coming forward: "Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior".

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