Harvey Weinstein's lawyers want sex assault case tossed lead detective tainted witnesses

Mail Online | 11/6/2018 | Dailymail.com Reporter;Associated Press
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Harvey Weinstein's lawyers asked Monday for a chance to question in court the former lead detective in his sexual assault case and the head of New York City's special victims division.

The disgraced media mogul's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, is arguing the case has been 'irreparably tainted' by police misconduct and should be thrown out.

Weinstein - Accusers - Assault

They also argued that one of Weinstein's accusers had tried to meet up with him following the alleged assault.

The former Hollywood producer's lawyers singled out Detective Nicholas DiGaudio - whose alleged witness coaching led prosecutors to abandon part of the case last month - as they renewed their push to have five remaining counts dismissed.

Lawyers - DiGaudio - Court - Papers - Obstructor

The lawyers decried DiGaudio in court papers as 'a serial obstructor' who was 'singularly ****-bent on concealing the truth' and proposed an evidentiary hearing be held to 'determine the extent of misconduct.'

They asked that special victims chief Michael Osgood also be called to testify because he has said he and DiGaudio interviewed all potential witnesses together.

Manhattan - District - Attorney - Office

The Manhattan district attorney's office declined to comment.

The New York Police Department reiterated its statement that 'the evidence against Mr. Weinstein is compelling and strong' and that it will continue to work with prosecutions 'to deliver justice for the courageous survivors who have bravely come forward.'

Union - DiGaudio - Detectives - Endowment - Association

The union representing DiGaudio, the Detectives' Endowment Association, did not immediately respond. It has previously said DiGaudio 'was simply trying to get to the truth' and wasn't trying to influence the investigation.

Three of the five remaining criminal charges against Weinstein stem from allegations he raped a woman in a hotel room in March 2013. They are also tainted by allegations DiGaudio behaved improperly. The two other charges allege Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006 at his Manhattan apartment.

Prosecutors - Charge - Weinstein - Lucia - Evans

Prosecutors dropped a sixth charge, alleging Weinstein forced Lucia Evans to perform oral sex...
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