No redo on Weinstein groping investigation halted in 2015

This Prosecutor May Have Helped the Trump Siblings and Harvey Weinstein Avoid Charges

Manhattan DA accepted donations, dropped cases against Harvey Weinstein, Ivanka and Donald Jr.

"After analyzing the available evidence, including multiple interviews with both parties, a criminal charge is not supported".

Weinstein has contributed over the years to the Democratic National Committee, along with Hillary Clinton and former President Obama. So far, more than 20 women have come forward against the producer.

"The lawyer and Vance both say Boies had no involvement in 2015 when police investigated a model's accusation that Weinstein grabbed her breasts during a meeting in NY".

Once the recording was obtained by police, sources close to the investigation told the New Yorker that they supposedly had enough evidence to prosecute Weinstein. Vance did not file charges against the producer. Tupper was one of nine women who accused then USA senator Brock Adams of sexual assault. "It's a case that made me angrier than I thought possible, and I have been on the force a long time".

"Mr Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual".

On Tuesday, Manhattan's District Attorney office released a statement defending its decision.

In a statement today, Vance's office blamed the NYPD and said that "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". "Subsequent investigative steps undertaken in order to establish intent were not successful".

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They say the "horrifying" audio "was insufficient to prove a crime under NY law" which left prosecutors with "no choice but to conclude the criminal investigation without charges". Instead, once the D.A.'s office ruled it could not press charges, Gutierrez signed a nondisclosure agreement, including an affidavit claiming that what Weinstein confessed to on the recording didn't actually happen.

Vance told reporters Wednesday that no contribution has ever had any impact on his decision in a case. 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. However, Boies' law firm, Boies Schiller Flexne, denies any connection between the donations and Vance's decision to not charge Weinstein.

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.

The district attorney was responding to questions from reporters in NY as a series of explosive, investigative reports tilt the national spotlight to Vance, whose winding career is now clashing with two of the most controversial names in the country. The investigation spanned from 2010 to 2012.

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.

"It's not whether people like Harvey or not", said Vance. Vance denied any connection between the contribution and the decision to end the investigation and recently returned the contribution.

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