New York City prosecutors drop part of Harvey Weinstein case

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The judge released a letter from the D.A.'s office to Weinstein's lawyer, which says in part the witness in question said, among other things, Weinstein offered to give Evans cash if she exposed her breasts to him and that Evans told her Weinstein promised her an acting job in return for oral sex.

But Evans' attorney said the decision does not "invalidate the truth of her claims".

The witness reportedly told this to an NYPD detective past year.

A NY judge has dropped part of the criminal case against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Evans is one of three women whose allegations form the backbone of the criminal case.

In the story, Evans accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex when they met alone in his office in 2004 to discuss her fledgling acting career.

"The integrity of these proceedings has been compromised", he claimed. Later that evening, as they walked home, Evans allegedly told the witness that she had shown her breasts to Weinstein.

"People always ask why don't sexual assault survivors come forward, this is why". The judge did not say whether he'll do that.

Mr Weinstein's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said he would seek to have the remaining charges dismissed as well.

Ms Evans's lawyer, Carrie Goldberg, said her client's account of events had been accurate. However, an email from Evans from 2015 suggests that the interaction was consensual.

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"The account describes details of the sexual assault that differs from the account the Complainant has provided to our office", the letter states.

Brafman said the written account from Evans was discovered from a fact-checker at The New Yorker, and that he would subpoena the magazine.

A message left on a phone used by the detective in the past wasn't returned.

According to the witness, who was not named in the court filing, Evans had been drinking and "appeared to be upset, embarrassed and shaking" when she told the story.

A source familiar with the investigation told CNN at the time that the criminal sex act charge was from a case involving aspiring actress Lucia Evans, who alleged Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Tribeca office in 2004.

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, the lead prosecutor in the case, insisted that the agreement to drop the count would have no bearing on the case's resolution. The union representing New York City police detectives also didn't return a message.

Manhattan's district attorney dropped part of the criminal case against Weinstein on Thursday.

Brafman told the court that he planned to file additional motions to have the remaining five charges dismissed.

New York Police officials poured on the pressure, too, saying publicly they believed they had gathered ample evidence to make an arrest. The former movie producer pleaded not guilty to all of them and was granted bail at $1 million.

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