“A police detective already facing allegations that he coached a witness in Harvey Weinstein’s criminal sexual assault case was accused Wednesday of urging one of the movie mogul’s accusers to delete material from her cell phones before she handed them over to prosecutors,” the AP reports. “The Manhattan district attorney’s office detailed the alleged misconduct in a letter to Weinstein’s lawyer that was made public Wednesday.”
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“The new allegations against Detective Nicholas DiGaudio involve an unidentified woman who says Weinstein raped her in his Manhattan hotel room in 2013,” the AP reports. “In the letter, Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said during the investigation, prosecutors asked the woman to hand in any mobile phones she might have used during the time when she interacted with Weinstein.
“The woman, she said, was willing to do so, but was worried the phones contained, ‘in addition to communications with the defendant, data of a personal nature that she regarded as private.’”
The woman asked DiGaudio what to do and was reportedly advised to delete anything she didn’t want anyone else to see before handing over the phone.
DiGaudio reportedly said: “We just won’t tell Joan.”
The AP adds: “Illuzzi-Orbon said the woman didn’t delete any information and instead asked a lawyer for advice. The phones were turned over ‘without any deletions,’ Illuzzi-Orbon said.”