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Harvey Weinstein scores one victory as judge dismisses sexual assault count


A judge dismissed one of six criminal charges against the disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein Thursday after prosecutors acknowledged that the lead detective in the case had committed a serious error: He had failed to tell them about a witness who cast doubt on one of Mr Weinstein’s accusers.

Weinstein was charged in May with raping one woman and forcing another, Lucia Evans, to perform oral sex on him. Evans had testified to a state grand jury that the forced sex act had occurred in 2004, during a casting meeting at the offices of Weinstein’s film company, Miramax, in Manhattan’s TriBeCa neighbourhood.

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