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.
Vance's chief assistant says that a chilling conversation with the young woman caught on a wire, plus other evidence, fell short of proving intent necessary to prove a crime.
The DA came under fire for its decision to spare Weinstein after a New Yorker expose revealed that he admitted to molesting the then-22-year-old model in a secret NYPD recording.
Soon after, Boies made a big donation to Vance: Campaign finance records show that Boies gave the district attorney's campaign $10,000 on August 24, 2015.
"Of course I want him out", Chino told Observer at a small protest outside Vance's office calling for his resignation on Tuesday evening.
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.
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Boies' office did not immediately return IBT requests for comment.
"They had no impact on my thinking", Vance said Wednesday at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan.
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 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. In a report released by the The New Yorker on Tuesday, journalist Ronan Farrow outlines Gutierrez's encounter with Weinstein, and provides the recording where the producer confesses to grabbing her breasts, saying that he was "used to" doing that kind of thing to women.
The NYPD confirmed that it investigated a "misdemeanor sexual abuse complaint against Harvey Weinstein" in March 2015.
"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.
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"Oh, please, I'm sorry, just come in", Weinstein responds. Since Vance began running for district attorney, Boies' son Christopher has given Vance campaigns $35,000 and Boies' law partner, Jonathan Schiller, has given $26,000.
Despite significant progress in the investigation, the report said, the elder Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, became involved in 2012 and donated $25,000 to Vance's re-election campaign, which made Kasowitz one of his largest donors.
"At the end of the day, we operate in the courtroom of the law, not the courtroom of public opinion", Vance said. That contribution from attorney David Boies - who previously headlined a fundraiser for Vance - was a fraction of the $116,000 that Boies, his son and his law partner have delivered to the Democrat during his political career.
Vance denied in the report that the dropping of the investigation was a quid pro quo for the contributions.
Vance is running unopposed in his campaign for re-election.
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