Protesters Demand Manhattan DA Bring Charges Against Harvey Weinstein

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr

A few months after dropping the case, Vance accepted a $10,000 campaign donation from Weinstein attorney David Boies.

According to The New Yorker, after Gutierrez went to the police to report Weinstein, gossip about her sexual history began to hit the tabloids. The latest backlash stems from a 2015 NYPD investigation brought on by Amber Gutierrez, a model who, with the help of police, recorded a conversation with Weinstein where he can be heard admitting to groping her.

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

"I, like they, was very disturbed by the contents of the tape", said Vance, who is now running for his third term in office. (By many estimations, at the time of the NYPD's Weinstein investigation, the Manhattan DA's office was still smarting from the failure of its case against yet another powerful alleged sexual predator, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.) But Vance's MO in the high-profile Trump and Weinstein cases does, as the aforementioned Trump lawyer noted, have a suspicious air, and the parallels are hard to ignore: two powerful, wealthy white men and their families, two lawyers making campaign contributions to Vance, and alas, two cases dropped.

A Boies Schiller Flexner spokesman provided a statement to CNN on Wednesday saying that while Boies had represented Weinstein and The Weinstein Company in civil matters, he had never represented them in a criminal matter.

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Manning went on to argue that witness testimony could have been enough to convict Weinstein, but "his case never made it to a jury because the prosecutors were unwilling to go forward". Her office did not dispute that she made the statement.

After the complaint was made in 2015, the NYPD - without our knowledge or input - arranged a controlled call and meeting between the complainant and Mr. Weinstein.

The Manhattan district attorney's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"At the end of the day, we operate in the courtroom of the law, not the courtroom of public opinion", Vance said.

Last week, a joint bombshell by The New Yorker, WNYC, and ProPublica revealed Ivanka and Donald Jr. narrowly avoided criminal fraud charges in 2012 for allegedly misleading potential buyers at the flailing Trump Soho Hotel-because Vance dropped the mounting case after a meeting with Donald Trump Sr.'s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz. The DA's office said Tuesday that the recording is "horrifying", but it was insufficient to prove a crime had occurred. Vance denied it had anything to do with campaign contributions from Weinstein's lawyer.

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"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. "There is no question that he could have prosecuted this case".

Vance also drew attention for his ultimately unsuccessful attempt in 2011 to prosecute former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn for sexual assault. Short of New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo firing him or Vance stepping down, he stands a strong chance of weathering the storm.

Vance has maintained significant political support, and despite the controversy over his handling of the Weinstein and Trump matters, he heads toward re-election unopposed by any member of his party.

The office of the NY governor did not respond to a request for comment. He recalled Vance's push for federal legislation mandating that Apple reverse its encryption for users among his issues with the Manhattan district attorney.

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