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The NYPD reportedly once stashed a model accusing Harvey Weinstein of sex assault away from his lawyers and cronies at the Manhattan DA, according to a report.
Italian model Ambra Battilana accused the disgraced producer, once one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood, of groping her in his Manhattan office in 2015.
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By all accounts, the investigators had Weinstein in their sights,New York Magazine reports. There was just one snag; the producer had close ties to the Manhattan District Attorney's office.
Weinstein's legal team included attorneys Elkan Abramowitz and Linda Fairstein - a former head of the DA's Sex Crimes Unit. Meanwhile, Abramowitz was a close friend of the current head of the DA's Sex Crimes, Martha Bashford.
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'We decided we're going to hide the victim, from the DA', retired Sgt. Michael Bock of NYPD's Special Victims Division said.
Special Victims Division commander Michael Osgood was so concerned about the case that he booked Battilana into several different Manhattan hotels under different aliases.
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Bock said that the model did eventually meet with Bashford who went on an 'aggressive and accusatory' line of questioning.
However, Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr.'s office declined to prosecute Weinstein - despite the fact he would have only faced a misdemeanor for the charge - in a decision that still angers investigators who worked on the case.
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A representative for Vance denies the questioning was aggressive, saying it was standard protocol to cross examine a complainant.
'They prosecute people for misdemeanors with far less probable cause than this. We gave them beyond reasonable doubt,' said Bock.
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'We obviously know who this man is. We obviously know we have a different burden of proof. So to go above and beyond as we did, he should have been arrested. He should've been arrested.'
The Special Victims unit is reportedly investigating Weinstein for sex assault but would not...
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