The court did not accept the testimony of the actress, one of the first to speak out against the Hollywood producer.
The Manhattan District Attorney dropped one of the three charges against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The court rejected the testimony of actress Lucia Evans, who was one of the first to report the harassment of the producer. This was reported by the Associated Press correspondent from the courtroom in New York.
Weinstein’s lawyer said Evans lied to the jury and the prosecutor under oath. The second lawyer of the producer agreed with him and noted that the incident demonstrates a “system requiring reform”. The lawyer of the actress added that, despite the refusal of the prosecutor, she does not intend to withdraw the charges.
Lucia Evans was one of the first to declare that Weinstein forced her to have oral sex. At that time, she graduated from college and dreamed about acting career, and the producer invited her to the office of Miramax. The producer did not admit his guilt in this and other charges. In May 2018, he was released on bail of a million dollars.
Since October 2017, 71 women spoke about Weinstein’s harassment. Two more accusations against the producer are sexual harassment in 2006 and rape in 2013. Investigations are engaged in the police of Los Angeles, New York and London. A 65-year-old producer can get up to 25 years in prison.