New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at an event in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn on 5. July.
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Six days after a $25,000 campaign donation from the law firm of Harvey Weinstein, attorney, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for the state to block the attorney General and an investigation by Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., behavior of the processing of the 2015 sexual misconduct claims against the disgraced film-mogul.
The law firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, donated the $25,000 back in June, shortly before Cuomo in a letter to the New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood directed her to suspend Vance’s investigation.
The company is under the direction of David Boies, a prominent New York lawyer who represented both Weinstein and The New York Times, while the paper is the study of the film industry was a heavy weight.
The office of the Governor flatly denied any connection between Boies’ donation and the suspension of the investigation – the statement that Boies is a long-time donor Cuomo’s campaigns, and that he has no representation Weinstein at the time the donation was made.
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“No contribution of any size to influence a government action,” Dani lever, Cuomo’s press secretary, told Fox News in an E-Mail. “The story reported on a current post from David Boies’ law firm of the Governor Cuomo is completely irrelevant for outstanding attorney General in the investigation or prosecution due to Boies held a representation of Harvey Weinstein in November 2017.”
Boies’ law firm denied any connection between the donation and Cuomo’s suspension of the investigation.
“Neither Mr. Boies, nor anyone from his company ever Harvey Weinstein or Mr. Vance with Mr. Cuomo, or someone from his office will be discussed, at any time,” a spokesman for Boies, Schiller & Flexner, said in a statement via E-Mail to Capital & Main, first reported on the donations. “Mr. Boies is a long-time supporter of Mr. Cuomo and his contribution in the month of June was in line with his contributions, Mr. Cuomo over the past few years.”
Since 2009, Boies and his law firm donated 250.000 Cuomo have almost $the Governor’s election campaigns.
The investigation, Vance comes. In March 2015, when the Manhattan district attorney declined prosecution of Weinstein, according to the Italian model Ambra accused Battilana, the mogul of groping her. Vance said that his office is not enough evidence for the prosecution Weinstein, in spite of a tape, on which the producer seemed to apologize for the inappropriate actions.
“Our best lawyers looked at the case,” Vance said, according to The time. “I, like you, was very disturbed by the contents of the tape. It is, of course, to the gagging. But at the end of the day, we work in a court of law, not the court of public opinion, and our sex-crimes prosecutors made a determination that this is not a provable case.”
In August 2015, Vance-the campaign received a $10.000 donation of Boies as the DA ran for his third term.
The Weinstein case lay dormant for over two years, to The Times and The New Yorker magazine explosive stories detailing published allegations against Weinstein and claim that the Manhattan DA’s office, screwed up the handling for the year 2015 allegations.
The New Yorker also reported that in July 2017, as Weinstein is a longtime lawyer Boies signed a contract, hiring a business intelligence company called ‘ Black Cube spy Weinstein his accusers and “stop the publication of a negative article in a leading New York newspaper.” These revelations led to the end of his relationship with Boies’ firm.
In a longer statement in November of this year, Boies said that Weinstein was his client, and said that he would “never participate, knowingly, in an effort to intimidate or silence the women or anyone else.”
Boies also has a role in the recruitment or the Black cube disputed, to spy, say to Weinstein his accusers, he would only be included in the contract with the company because of a “billing dispute.”
After the revelations about Weinstein, his alleged deeds, Cuomo the New York Attorney General’s Office assigned to investigate in March of this year, Vance has been handling the case. Then Vance announced in may that he is about Weinstein informed on charges, including rape in the first and third degrees, and first-degree criminal sexual act for forcible sexual acts against two women in the years 2004 and 2013.
To defended of the time, Cuomo is the study of the Vance – saying “it is crucial that these cases are selected with care, but also that it is the public’s confidence in the handling of these cases” – but a month later, he reversed course and opted for the suspension of the investigation.
“This summer, according to the office of the Governor, we temporarily our request to avoid interference with the Prosecutor’s office, the ongoing persecution of Harvey Weinstein,” Amy’s hospital nick, a spokesman for the attorney General’s office, told BuzzFeed News. “We remain committed to the implementation of a comprehensive, fair and independent review.”