DA Vance Calls Weinstein Recording 'Sickening' But Defends Not Charging Him

DA Vance Calls Weinstein Recording 'Sickening' But Defends Not Charging Him

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance says prosecutors didn't have enough evidence to prove a model's claim movie producer Harvey Weinstein groped her in 2015.

He denied specifically that any donations to his campaign had or would ever influence his decisions.

Vance - who has faced a wave of criticism recently for his 2015 decision to toss the Weinstein case and for dropping a probe into the Trump family - insisted he was guided by the law in the case and said he has no regrets.

DA spokeswoman Joan Vollero said her office has repeatedly encouraged Weinstein victims to come forward.

In the months following the D.A.'s decision, a lawyer for Weinstein, David Boies, donated $10,000 to Vance's reelection campaign, the International Business Times reported.

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance spoke at an event at John Jay College in Midtown on Wednesday. The seasoned prosecutors in our Sex Crimes Unit were not afforded the opportunity before the meeting to counsel investigators on what was necessary to capture in order to prove a misdemeanor sex crime.

Last week, Assemblyman Dan Quart sent a letter to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman requesting that he investigate Vance for his role in choosing not to prosecute Trump's children.


Among the allegations that the newspaper recounted was one in 2015, in which Italian model Ambra Battilana accused Weinstein of groping her. Battilana contacted law enforcement officials, but in April of 2015, Vance's office declined to bring charges against Weinstein, saying that "after analyzing the available evidence, including multiple interviews with both parties, a criminal charge is not supported".

The department asked her to wear a wire and meet with Weinstein the next day.

The decision by the Manhattan district attorney's office is getting new scrutiny since a dozen women told The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine Weinstein sexually harassed or sexually assaulted them in various locales. The tape was handed over to the District Attorney in Manhattan.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman said that if the office could have prosecuted Weinstein for the conduct that occurred in 2015, "we would have" and that after the complaint was made in 2015, the NYPD - without their knowledge or input - arranged a controlled call and meeting between Gutierrez and Weinstein.

Harvey Weinstein issued a statement apologizing for his behavior after a New York Times report on sexual assault allegations made by several women over the years. That contribution from attorney David Boies - who previously headlined a fundraiser for Vance - was a fraction of the more than $182,000 that Boies, his son and his law partners have delivered to the Democrat during his political career. According to a New Yorker report released Wednesday, Donald Trump Sr. eventually brought his longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, onto the case.

The report about the Trumps said Kasowitz also visited Vance's office in May of that year, and three months later, Vance overruled his prosecutors and dropped the case. "I have never made a contribution to anyone's campaign, including Cy Vance's, as a "quid-pro-quo" for anything", he told the New Yorker. In all, Boies has given $55,000 to Vance's campaigns since he first began running for office in 2008.

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