NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police union is defending a detective accused of coaching a witness in the Harvey Weinstein investigation.
Prosecutors dropped part of the criminal case against Weinstein this week, saying the detective failed to tell them a witness had raised doubts about the veracity of one accuser’s sexual assault allegation.
Prosecutors say Det. Nicholas DiGaudio also urged the witness not to tell her full story.
The Detectives’ Endowment Association said Friday that DiGaudio told prosecutors everything he knew and wasn’t trying to influence the investigation.
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Weinstein still faces charges of sexually assaulting two other women.
He denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.
Weinstein lawyer Ben Brafman says DiGaudio made a “conscious decision” to withhold information.
The NYPD is investigating DiGaudio’s conduct. It says he is off the case.
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