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NYPD detective asked Weinstein accuser to delete text messages: DA

October 17, 2018 - 3:32 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Manhattan District Attorney's office said Wednesday that the NYPD officer under scrutiny in the Harvey Weinstein sexual assualt case urged an accuser to delete info from her phone before turning it over to prosecutors, according to multiple reports.

According to a letter the DA sent Weinstein's lawyer, the officer, Det. Nicholas DiGaudio, allegedly told the witness to "delete anything she did not want anyone to see" before turning her phone over. The officer also told the woman that the deletions would be hidden from the DA's office. 

But according to prosecutors, the witness never actually deleted anything from her phones and turned them over intact.

In a statement to 1010 WINS, Weinstein lawyer Ben Brafman said, "This new development even further undermines the integrity of an already deeply flawed Indictment of Mr Weinstein."

This development comes just days after the DA dropped one of the charges against the former movie studio head after evidence emerged that the officer coached a witness to stay silent about evidence that cast doubt on one of the Weinstein accuser's accounts. 

The president of the Detectives' Endowment Association defended DiGaudio and dismissed the prosecutors' accusations.

"The Manhattan DA's office needs to enter the 21st century," said DEA president Michael Palladino. "This is the age of technology. People keep loads of personal info on their phones that they prefer remains confidential." 

"A woman should not have to surrender confidential intimate information that's immaterial to the case to defend herself against a sexual predator," he continued. "That's being victimized twice. Detective DiGaudio was sensitive to that."