Just months after he decided not to prosecute him for sexual assault charges, Hollywood icon Harvey Weinstein had $10,000 delivered to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.
The 2015 contribution came via famous leftist attorney David Boies (of Bush v. Gore fame), who has represented Weinstein since 2005.
While not mentioning whether or not Boies actually gave the wad of cash to Vance, the lawyer’s spokesman told the International Business Times that “David Boies did not represent Harvey Weinstein in 2015 during the criminal investigation.” Of course, that tells us nothing.
Edward Evans, a spokesperson for the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner, said in an emailed statement: “David Boies has been a supporter of the District Attorney since long before 2015, including before he was first elected, and has never spoken to him about Harvey Weinstein.”
Weinstein’s long and storied career in Hollywood is essentially over, as revelations have come out –and he as admitted – that he repeatedly sexually harassed leading actresses for decades, even engaging in “unwanted physical contact.”
This appears to be a pattern for Vance. The revelations that he may have been “bought out” by Weinstein come on the heels of a recent report documenting how Vance declined to prosecute Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. after Trump’s attorney Marc Kasowitz gave Vance’s campaign $25,000. According to ProPublica, Kasowitz made the donation, then met with Vance directly and then Vance dropped the case, overruling his own prosecutors.
In an email to IBT, Vance’s campaign spokesperson Steve Sigmund said that just before Kasowitz met with Vance about the case, Vance’s campaign returned the $25,000 donation. Kasowitz subsequently made an even larger donation to Vance after the district attorney decided not to prosecute the Trumps, but Sigmund said both the original donation and the second donation came when Kasowitz “had zero involvement in any cases before the District Attorney’s office.”
Among the accusations against Weinstein were that Italian model Abra Battilana accused Weinstein of groping her. Battilana contacted law enforcement officials, but in April of 2015, Vance’s office declined to bring charges against Weinstein, saying that “after analyzing the available evidence, including multiple interviews with both parties, a criminal charge is not supported.”
Shortly after the accusation, Boies gave the district attorney’s campaign $10,000 on August 24, 2015. In all, Boies has given $55,000 to Vance’s campaigns since he first began running for office in 2008. Boies co-chaired a 2008 fundraiser for Vance. Since Vance began running for district attorney, Boies’ son Christopher has given Vance’s campaigns $35,000. Boies’ law firm partners who gave to Vance included Jonathan Schiller ($26,000), Nicholas Gravante ($4,000) and Robert Silver ($62,785). Silver passed away in 2015.
City & State noted that “Vance won office after campaigning on promises to pursue crimes directed at women and seek stronger penalties for perpetrators of intimate partner violence.”
Something is seriously fishy here. The fact that this has reportedly happened multiple times leads one to believe that there may be some sort of “get out of jail for a fee” ploy going on.
What do you think? Is the Manhattan District Attorney as corrupt as they come? Was he silenced in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars? Sound off below!