NY State to Probe Manhattan DA's Handling of Allegation Against Weinstein

Bessie Dean
March 20, 2018

Had the NYPD charged Weinstein in 2015, the Time's Up organization argued, subsequent alleged Weinstein victims could have been spared.

The Time's Up initiative has penned an open letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo demanding an investigation into the district attorney's failure to prosecute disgraced filmmaker Harvey Weinstein.

An initiative started by Hollywood industry women had called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) to investigate the DA's office after a NY magazine published an article about the case involving an Italian model who said Weinstein groped her.

The Weinstein Co. already had been struggling financially before the scandal erupted in October with a news stories in The New York Times and The New Yorker.

A spokesperson for Vance declined to comment to The Daily Beast.

Vance has also faced criticism for accepting a $10,000 donation from David Boies, an attorney who has represented Weinstein, in August 2015, according to campaign financial disclosure forms from the New York State Board of Elections.

The woman caught Weinstein apologizing on tape during a sting operation, but the DA's office declined to prosecute the case.

Time's Up for Cy Vance.

Mr Vance Jr refuted the magazine's report in a joint statement with New York City Police Commissioner James P O'Neill.

Vance was reelected district attorney last November.

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"We will of course provide the attorney general with any necessary information, and expect that he will promptly determine that our office has been guided exclusively by the facts and the law".

Frost says the sex crimes unit is a national leader in the investigating and prosecution of sex crimes. After the DA's office was notified of the complaint, Gutierrez was rebuked in the tabloids, and Osgood hid the victim in for five nights in various Manhattan hotels, shielding her from invasive questioning by Vance's colleagues. "Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances", a rep for Weinstein said in a statement to ET. "Accordingly, any claim by Ambra that she failed to understand her own words is patently false".

Ben Brafman, an attorney for Weinstein, faulted the article for not mentioning that Battilana signed an affidavit stating that the alleged harassment was a "misunderstanding" and stemmed from "bad advice".

The New York-headquartered film studio had teetered on the brink of bankruptcy since Weinstein's career went down in flames last October.

She secretly recorded him in a police sting.

As the investigation into Weinstein proceeded, negative items about Battilana Gutierrez began to show up in tabloids.

The lawsuit from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman implied that the initial $500 million bid from Contreras-Sweet might leave victims without enough funding for such a trust.

"An independent investigation into the full decision-making process in this case, including a full review of the correspondence within the office and with any representatives for Mr Weinstein, must be undertaken immediately", it added.

Six months after bombshell sexual assault allegations blew up against Harvey Weinstein, pressure is growing for the onetime Hollywood mogul to be brought to justice, with the Manhattan prosecutor under fire for failing to bring a criminal case against him three years ago.

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