Manhattan DA Calls Request to Dismiss Charges Against Harvey Weinstein Baseless

Harvey Weinstein is escorted in handcuffs into State Supreme Court on July 9, 2018 for arraignment on charges alleging he committed a sex crime against a third woman. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Harvey Weinstein is escorted in handcuffs into State Supreme Court on July 9, 2018 for arraignment on charges alleging he committed a sex crime against a third woman. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Manhattan prosecutors pushed back against a call to dismiss criminal charges against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on Monday, weeks after allegations of misconduct against a New York City police detective roiled the case.

In a 32-page response, the district attorney’s office referred to the defense motion as little more than a media smear, saying the arguments made by Weinstein attorney Benjamin Brafman had no legal basis.

“There is no hearing necessary here; in truth the only reason the defendant wants a hearing is to provide a public circus that will further the public relations campaign the defendant has been waging from the outset of this case,” Manhattan Assistant Dist. Atty. Kevin Wilson wrote in a court filing made public Monday.

In the last few weeks, Weinstein’s attorneys have focused on the conduct of NYPD Det. Nicholas DiGaudio, the former lead investigator on the case who walked Weinstein into a downtown Manhattan police precinct when he surrendered in May. According to documents made public last month, DiGaudio advised one of Weinstein’s accusers to delete information from her cellphone before turning it over to prosecutors.

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