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Alleged Weinstein Victims Released From Non-Disclosure Agreements

March 20, 2018 - 7:57 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will investigate Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance's handling og the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said there is concern that sexual assault allegations have not been pursued with full vigor by the Manhattan DA.

Much of the criticism focuses on allegations brought by Italian model Ambra Battilana in 2015. She claims Harvey Weinstein groped her. She took part in a police sting of Weinstein, wore a wire, and an audio recording was released by New York Magazine that shows potentially incriminating statements by Weinstein.

The governor does acknowledge that although no charges were brought by Vance in that case, the DA is pursuing a second sexual assault case against Weinstein.

A spokesman for Vance defended his work.

The probe comes as the Weinstein Company filed for bankruptcy with a buyout offer in hand from a private equity firm.

The company also announced that it was releasing any victims or witnesses of Weinstein's alleged misconduct from non-disclosure agreements preventing them from speaking out. That step had long been sought by Schneiderman. The New York AG filed a lawsuit against the company in February on behalf of its employees.