Harvey Weinstein scandal: Cy Vance says they didn't have the evidence to prosecute

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Josh Einiger has the latest on the Harvey Weinstein scandal. (WABC)

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance says prosecutors didn't have enough evidence to prove a model's claim movie producer Harvey Weinstein groped her in 2015.

"If we had a case that we felt we could prosecute and our experts felt we could prosecute Harvey Weinstein, we would have. We take on many, many many difficult sex crime prosecutions, with individuals irrespective of their background or their money. So that's not an issue for us. We really are based on facts, not what people think about it, whether people like Harvey or not," Vance said.

Even if they changed their minds now, it would legally be too late.

Police investigated Ambra Battilana Gutierrez's allegation as a possible case of forcible touching. In New York, there's a two-year time limit for bringing the misdemeanor charge.

Gutierrez said the movie magnate grabbed her breasts during a meeting in his Manhattan office on March 27, 2015.

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.

Regarding campaign contributions from people connected to Weinstein, Vance said he is not influenced by anyone's donations.

"There has never been a campaign contribution that has influenced my thinking and my work as DA has truly been to work with my assistants to make sure we serve the New York public by focusing on the law, what we can prove, and i think have, in our years, really done a good job doing that," he said.

A Weinstein spokeswoman says "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied."

Vance encouraged others who may have complaints against Weinstein to contact the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

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Some information from The Associated Press

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