Harvey Weinstein’s daughter ‘made 911 call concerning her father and his mental state’ as Cara Delevingne joins growing list of accusers

12 Oct

Both the Obamas and Mrs Clinton on Tuesday issued statements condemning Weinstein – five days after the scandal first broke.

But neither mentioned returning the funds.

Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance, who is also a Democrat, declined to prosecute Weinstein in 2015 when handed an audio tape from an Italian-Filipina actress, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, in which Weinstein admitting groping her.

Months later Mr Vance received a $10,000 campaign contribution from one of Weinstein’s lawyers, David Boies.

“If we could have prosecuted Harvey Weinstein for the conduct that occurred in 2015, we would have,” said Karen Friedman-Agnifilo, chief assistant district attorney, in a statement defending the decision.

She said the recorded meeting between Gutierrez and Weinstein, as well as a controlled call between the two the night before, were made “without our knowledge or input.”

“The seasoned prosecutors in our Sex Crimes Unit were not afforded the opportunity before the meeting to counsel investigators on what was necessary to capture in order to prove a misdemeanor sex crime,” she said. 

“While the recording is horrifying to listen to, what emerged from the audio was insufficient to prove a crime under New York law, which requires prosecutors to establish criminal intent.” 

Mr Vance’s spokesman said that Mr Boies was not representing Weinstein in the 2015 investigation, and Mr Boies’s firm said that he never spoke to Mr Vance abut Weinstein. 

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