NEW YORK - The Manhattan District Attorney's office on Thursday dropped part of its criminal case against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
A Manhattan judge allowed the dismissal of count six of the indictment which alleges Weinstein committed a criminal sexual act by forcing accuser Lucia Evans to perform oral sex on him back in 2004.
Published reports have indicated that an email exchanged between her and Weinstein contradicts the account she gave to the grand jury.
Weinstein's lawyer Ben Brafman says the dismissal is not to discredit the me too movement, while Carrie Goldberg, Evans' lawyer says this is just the beginning.
"This is not a condemnation of the 'Me Too' movement. A movement can be good if what it does is level the playing field for women and professions and in industry and helps them lead easier lives and it doesn't expose them to harassment and abuse. That could be something very good. But when a movement pushes prosecutors to arrest people who have not committed a crime and charges them with those crimes, then it is a dangerous movement," Brafman said.
"Their worst nightmare is a reality that women are coming forward and telling the truth. What the world must understand is that victims will not stay victims. Victims are now becoming warriors and this is just the beginning," Goldberg said.
Evans' allegations were published a year ago in the New Yorker.
An unnamed woman is argued to also have had email exchanges with Weinstein that show the encounters were consensual.
The third accuser in the case is Mimi Haleyi, a former production assistant that claims he sexually assaulted her in 2006.
Weinstein has been accused by more than 70 women of sexual misconduct in the past year.
He is currently free on $ 1 million bail.
Weinstein is due back in court on December 20.