The prosecutor who made the decision not to prosecute film mogul Harvey Weinstein when he was accused of groping a young woman two years ago is defending the decision, saying it wasn’t influenced by campaign contributions.
“Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has taken thousands of dollars in donations over the years from David Boies, a top lawyer in New York whose clients have included Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election,” the AP reports. “Boies has also done work for many years for The Weinstein Co.”
The report adds: “The lawyer and Vance both say Boies had no involvement in 2015 when police investigated a model’s accusation that Weinstein grabbed her breasts during a meeting in New York.”
Weinstein has denied having any non-consensual sexual contact with women.