One of the six sexual assault charges filed against disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein was tossed out today from a New York courtroom.
According to TMZ, the charged dismissed was Count 6, a criminal sex act in the first degree, stemming from an alleged assault on one-time aspiring actress Lucia Evans.
“We are moving full-steam ahead on the other counts,” said a prosecutor said during a pre-trial hearing in front of Manhattan Supreme Court Justice James Burke.
Evans had claimed that when she was a 21-year-old college student in 2004, Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex in his office.
Evans’ accusations, first reported in The New Yorker magazine a year ago, prompted other women to come forward with their stories of an alleged assault at the hands of the then-powerful producer.
But 66-year-old Weinstein has pleaded not guilty and is free on $1 million bail.
Speaking with NBC, two sources close to the case said that there have been concerns about the work of an NYPD detective, in possibly mishandling interviews of the former aspiring actress Evans.
And this comes a week after TMZ’s revealed the claim made by a casting director who said that Evans once told her she performed oral sex on Weinstein to gain an acting role. The casting director reportedly gave police that statement, but investigators failed to share it with prosecutors.
And today, the case was tossed out.
However, prosecutors are going forward with the other five charges and we can’t wait to see how it pans out.