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NOW to protest at Manhattan DA's office over Harvey Weinstein controversy

NOW to protest at Manhattan DA's office over Harvey Weinstein controversy

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. on Wednesday defended his office's decision not to prosecute Harvey Weinstein for sexual assault after the film mogul groped a woman in NY in 2015.

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.

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

Weinstein stands accused of rape by multiple women, according to an explosive new story by The New Yorker magazine.

But damned if the picture drawn in sound - the woman's agonized refusals ("I don't want to be touched"), the mogul's disgusting assertion that forcibly touching women without permission is just the way he works ("I'm used to that") - doesn't convey the chilling message to the women of NY that the law treads more lightly when the suspect in question is a wealthy and powerful bulldozer prepared to drag accusers through deep mud. 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.

Vance subsequently dropped the case after Trump's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, contributed $31,000 to his campaign in 2012, that report said.

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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. "We really did what I think the law obligates us to do". "I don't believe Cy Vance has met or upheld those high standards".

"Any individual who feels that she may have been the victim of a crime by this person in Manhattan is strongly encouraged to contact our Office's Sex Crimes Hotline at (212) 335-9373", Agnifilo said. He runs a website, ReplaceManhattanDA.org, which he said "is very badly made, but that's the idea". In all, Boies has given $55,000 to Vance's campaigns since he first began running for office in 2008. Boies did not immediately respond to CNN requests for comment Wednesday afternoon.

Vance: "Our sex crimes prosecutors made the determination that this was not going to be a provable case, so the decision was made not to go forward". "Subsequent investigative steps undertaken in order to establish intent were not successful. This, coupled with other proof issues, meant that there was no choice but to conclude the investigation without criminal charges", it said.

A fixture of New York's legal and Democratic circles for years, Vance still has support from a fellow Democrat, Public Advocate Letitia James.

Members of the NYPD familiar with the case were furious at the suggestion that their work was subpar and said prosecutors were responsible for the softball treatment afforded the Hollywood bigwig. Her office did not dispute that she made the statement. The tape was handed over to the District Attorney in Manhattan.


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