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The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said today it would have attempted to prosecute Harvey Weinstein on criminal charges two years ago if the New York Police Department had coordinated the matter involving claims by model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez with them.
The new information comes on the heels of the latest damning expose on the film mogul, this from investigative journalist Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker, which published today. The article, like the New York Times’ report last week, alleges decades of sexual harassment and assaults by Weinstein. The New Yorker piece included audio of a recorded conversation between Gutierrez and Weinstein at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in 2015 as part of a sting operation.
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On the tape, Weinstein is heard trying to lure Gutierrez into his hotel room, and seemed to admit to inappropriately touching Gutierrez in an earlier encounter that prompted the sting operation. At the time, the D.A. did not file criminal charges.
Here’s the statement from Chief Assistant DA Karen Friedman-Agnifilo at the Manhattan DA’s Office:
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“If we could have prosecuted Harvey Weinstein for the conduct that occurred in 2015, we would have. Mr. Weinstein’s pattern of mistreating women, as recounted in recent reports, is disgraceful and shocks the conscience. 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...
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