Harvey Weinstein's financial crime charges dropped after year-long investigation into payoffs made to accusers

FP Staff

Nov 27, 2018 11:46:41 IST

New York's Manhattan district attorney has dropped a financial crime case against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. After a year-long investigation, the prosecutors did not find any trails of the alleged settlements made to silence accusers, reports the New York Post.

Harvey Weinstein arrives to court in New York, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Weinstein pleaded not guilty Tuesday to rape and criminal sex act charges in New York. The hearing in Manhattan comes after a grand jury indicted the former movie mogul last week on charges involving two women. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Harvey Weinstein arrives to court in New York, June 5, 2018. Image from AP/Seth Wenig

According to reports, authorities asked Miramax, Weinstein Company and two law firms that represented him to produce financial documents but did not find any criminal conduct. "The fact that the District Attorney’s Office has officially closed their investigation does not surprise me in the least," said Weinstein’s defence lawyer Ben Brafman, referring to the investigation.

"I have been explaining to them for almost a year that this inquiry was a mindless voyage as Mr Weinstein never defrauded any company or person and always paid his own bills, or after the fact, by agreement, reimbursed the company for any personal expense," he further added.

The former Hollywood heavyweight reportedly silenced a dozen of his accusers over a period of 20 years. Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, one of the survivors, reportedly received $1 million in one such settlement.

Weinstein does faces sexual assault charges and has been accused of sexual harassment by at least 87 women.

Updated Date: Nov 27, 2018 11:46:41 IST