This new development could seriously harm the case against Weinstein but for now, it doesn't seem like the DA will drop the remaining charges.
The increasingly chaotic case against disgraced mega-producer Harvey Weinstein has added a new level of intrigue: The Manhattan District Attorney's office told prosecutors that the lead detective on the case instructed one of the alleged victims to delete messages from her phone before turning it over and promised to hide that fact from the DA.
Less than a week after the DA dropped part of the case against Weinstein after evidence emerged that a police detective had "coached a witness to stay silent about evidence that cast doubt on the account one of his three accusers," NBC New York reports, the DA's office sent a letter to Weinstein's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, raising more concerns about the detective's handling of the case.
The DA's office informed Brafman in a letter Tuesday that the accuser told the DA's office that when she had expressed concern about turning over her phones because they contained personal information, Detective Nicholas DiGaudio instructed the complainant to "delete anything she did not want anyone to see" before turning over the phones. DiGaudio, she claims, also told her he would hide the fact that she deleted information from the DA's office.
Brafman responded by slamming the "deeply flawed indictment" of his client, while a detectives association defended DiGaudio.