The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is disclosing more misconduct in the criminal investigation of Harvey Weinstein.
The office released a letter to Weinstein’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, detailing an interaction between one of Weinstein’s accusers and Detective DiGaudio.
In the letter — written by Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, special counsel to the DA — the District Attorney’s Office claims they instructed the accuser to turn over any cell phone she may have used to interact with Weinstein. The accuser says she told Detective DiGaudio that she had several such phones in her possession but that she was nervous to turn them over because they also contained private information.
The accuser claims Detective DiGaudio told her she could delete any information she did not want anyone to see before she turned them over. She says the detective added, “We just won’t tell Joan.”
According to the letter, the accuser decided to consult an attorney and ultimately turned over the phoned without deleting anything.
This comes less than a week after Weinstein got one count against him dismissed relating to accusations made against him by a woman named Lucia Evans, who had accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex in 2004 during a meeting at his office.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the District Attorney’s office sent a letter to Weinstein’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, saying they recently obtained an email Evans had written to her husband in 2015, detailing the allegation.
“The account describes details of the sexual assault that differ from the account [Evans] has provided to our office,” the letter states.