NOW protests at Manhattan DA's office over Harvey Weinstein controversy

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NJ Burkett has the latest on protests over the Harvey Weinstein case.

The fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal continued Friday, as protestors gathered outside the Manhattan District Attorney's office to show their outrage over the way prosecutors handled a case involving the alleged sexual assault of a model in 2015.

No charges were ever filed against Weinstein, despite audio tapes suggesting to some a crime may have been committed.

The National Organization for Women organized the protest, demanding to know why District Attorney Cy Vance did not charge Weinstein for allegedly assaulting Italian fashion model Amber Gutierrez two years ago.

Weinstein reportedly met the woman in Manhattan and later at a hotel, where she claims that Weinstein groped her. When Gutierrez reported the incident, police investigators ran a sting and listened to a call between the two before having Gutierrez record an encounter in a hotel where Weinstein alternated between trying to persuade her to come into his room and apologizing for his conduct at his office.

The recording was obtained by The New Yorker, which posted a portion on its website on Tuesday.

Despite that, Vance said there was not enough evidence to prosecute. Critics say he was influenced by a $10,000 donation made by Weinstein's attorney, but Vance's office said donations have never influenced his decisions.

Even if Vance were to change his mind, the statute of limitations for forcible touching is two years, which means it is now too late.
Meanwhile, Weinstein spoke out for the first time since the allegations became public.

"Guys, I'm not doing OK, I've got to get help," he told reporters. "We all make mistakes. Second chance, I hope."

NYPD detectives will review Weinstein's background "to identify and locate and interview any potential victims" of the disgraced movie producer. The NYPD went back to examine the allegations raised in a New Yorker article.
Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce instructed investigators in the Special Victims Unit to look into any potential leads in the wake of numerous allegations being made publicly. However, the department will not reopen the 2015 case.

Similarly, Vance has encouraged potential victims of Weinstein to come forward.

"We'll investigate those new matters when they come to our office," he said Wednesday.

The decision by the Manhattan district attorney's office is getting new scrutiny since a dozen women told The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine Weinstein sexually harassed or sexually assaulted them in various locales.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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