NY prosecutor says donations had no role in Weinstein case

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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

(AP) The New York City prosecutor who chose not to charge Harvey Weinstein two years ago after he was accused of groping a young woman says the decision wasn't influenced by campaign contributions.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has taken thousands of dollars in donations over the years from David Boies, a top lawyer in New York whose clients have included Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election.

Boies has also done work for many years for The Weinstein Co.

The lawyer and Vance both say Boies had no involvement in 2015 when police investigated a model's accusation that Weinstein grabbed her breasts during a meeting in New York.

Weinstein denies any nonconsensual sexual contact with any women.

Vance told reporters Wednesday that no contribution has ever had any impact on his decision in a case.