DA Vance defends not charging Harvey Weinstein in 2015

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This is the fourth disclosure in a week that Vance accepted campaign donations from law firms representing clients with cases before the DA's office.

Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance has said he was "sickened" by the audio, but added he felt it was not enough to secure a conviction. "We take on many, many, many hard sex crime prosecutions with individuals irrespective of background or their money", said Vance.

Weinstein denies any nonconsensual sexual contact with any women.

Representatives for both Vance and Boies say the attorney had no involvement and never contacted prosecutors in 2015 when police investigated a model's accusation that Weinstein grabbed her breasts during a meeting in NY.

Perhaps they may want to stick with the NYPD, at least until the Manhattan DA's office explains what happened with Cyrus Vance Jr and David Boies.

"Our best lawyers looked at the matter", he said following an event at John Jay College Wednesday.

"I felt very powerless and scared", she said. It also sheds light on the many reasons sexual assault survivors sometimes don't go to the police for help.

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He is not a chartered accountant of the firm of Jay Shah. "These were avoidable and should not have happened". Amit Shah with his wife at their son Jay Shah's wedding in Ahmedabad.

"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".

"No contribution in my seven years as district attorney has ever had any impact on my decision making", he said Wednesday.

"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", Friedman said in a statement released on Tuesday afternoon.

But Vance said that while he understood "folks were outraged" by Weinstein's behavior, top sex crime prosecutors investigated the incident and determined they couldn't move forward. "Subsequent investigative steps undertaken in order to establish intent were not successful". Thanks to NYPD bungling, Freidman-Agnifilo concludes, their office had "no choice but to conclude the investigation without criminal charges".

"We really are based on facts, not what people think about it, whether people like Harvey or not", Vance said. Their special victims unit has plenty of experience in dealing with sexual-assault allegations, at least those involving people whose names don't rhyme with Shmarvey Shmeinstein. The department says their recording "corroborates the acts that were the basis for the victim's complaint".

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.

"Obviously he [Weinstein] has some serious issues, and the tape is bad". "But I, as D.A., have to be guided by the evidence and the element of the crime and by experts in the office, and if I stop being guided by any of those things and start being guided by outside influences, whether it's money or it's public opinion, then I'm not doing my job".

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