Friday 20 July 2018

Time’s Up praises investigation into attorney general over Weinstein

New York governor Andrew Cuomo ordered an investigation into the prosecutors who did not bring a sexual assault case against the producer.

Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by around 100 women
Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by around 100 women

By Sam Blewett, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Time’s Up has celebrated the decision to investigate the prosecutors who decided not to bring a sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein.

The initiative set up by women in Hollywood in the wake of the scandal against the disgraced mogul praised New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s “swift response”.

Time’s Up on Monday called for the politician to launch an independent investigation into Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R Vance Jr’s decision over the 2015 incident.

Later that day Mr Cuomo said “there are questions” around the case of Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez and ordered the attorney general to investigate.

In a police sting, Gutierrez secretly recorded Weinstein apologising for his behaviour after she alleged he groped her.

Time’s Up said a report in the New York magazine that Weinstein could have had influence of the district attorney’s office were “particularly disturbing and merit investigation”.

“Given the multitude of credible reports of Mr Weinstein’s behaviours after the district attorney’s decision not to prosecute in this case, arguably his continued victimisation of others could have been avoided,” a statement said.

Mr Vance Jr refuted the magazine’s report in a joint statement with New York City Police Commissioner James P O’Neill.

“Survivors of sexual violence and all who stand with them should know that this account does not accurately represent the strong partnership between the NYPD and Manhattan district attorney Cy Vance’s office,” they said.

Mr Cuomo said the office told him the investigation will be completed within 45 days.

“It is of great concern that sexual assault cases have not been pursued with full vigour by our criminal justice system,” he said.

Weinstein, 66, has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by around 100 women. He has apologised for his past behaviour but denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.

He is being investigated by police in London, New York and Los Angeles.

Press Association

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