NYPD Detective Claims Evidence in Harvey Weinstein Case Wasn’t Withheld

Det. Nicholas DiGaudio claims he told Weinstein prosecutor about evidence that discredited an accuser.

Harvey Weinstein sent an email to friends that leaked in Hollywood this week. (Raymond Hall/GC Images)

NYPD Detective Nicholas DiGaudio — who was kicked off the Harvey Weinstein case by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for allegedly withholding evidence that discredited one of the former movie mogul’s accusers — is claiming he told the prosecution everything he knew.

The supposed suppressed information by DiGaudio led to the dismissal of a felony charge against Weinstein on Friday. But the detective now claims that he personally told DA Cyrus Vance Jr.’s special counsel Joan Illuzzi-Orbon about the evidence himself, and that another officer was in the room for the conversation, according to the New York Post.

The lost charge against Weinstein pertains to claims made by accuser Lucia Evans, who said the disgraced Hollywood figure forced himself on her in 2014. Last week, Weinstein’s defense said it would attempt to have the entire case against him thrown out because DiGaudio, the former lead detective, “attempted to influence the integrity of these proceedings.”

Illuzzi-Orbon’s office wrote in a letter last month that DiGaudio failed to inform them “of the important details” of a February interview he conducted with a friend of Evans.

The friend later told prosecutors that Evans admitted to performing oral sex on Weinstein after he offered her a job and to exposing her breasts to Weinstein at a restaurant.

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