One charge dropped against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein leaves court. Image: AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A New York judge has dismissed one of the six sexual assault charges against Harvey Weinstein.

The Hollywood producer was accused of sexual assault by Lucia Evans, who told the The New Yorker that Weinstein had sexually assaulted her during a meeting at his office in 2004.

A judge agreed to dismiss the allegations by Ms Evans, with Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman, claiming in court that he believed Ms Evans lied to the grand jury about what happened.



Remaining charges against Weinstein include allegations that he raped a woman in 2013 and sexually assaulted a different woman in 2006. Weinstein maintains that he is innocent.

He has pleaded not guilty and is free on $1 million bail.

In a statement, a lawyer for Ms Evans said she was disappointed by the decision to "abandon" her.

"Let me be clear: the decision to throw away my client's sexual assault charges says nothing about Weinstein's guilt or innocence. Nor does it reflect on Lucia's consistent allegation that she was sexually assaulted with force by Harvey Weinstein," said attorney Carrie Goldberg. "It only speaks volumes about the Manhattan DA's office and its mishandling of my client's case."