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Probe into Manhattan DA's handling of Weinstein case on hold

August 29, 2018 - 2:10 pm

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York state attorney general's office has suspended its probe into whether the Manhattan district attorney mishandled 2015 allegations of sexual misconduct by movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

A spokeswoman for Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood confirmed on Wednesday that the investigation was put on temporary hold this summer on the orders of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The spokeswoman, Amy Spitalnick, says the investigation into Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.'s handling of the Weinstein case was suspended to avoid interfering with Vance's ongoing prosecution of Weinstein.

Cuomo's office says the probe was postponed for six months starting in June given Weinstein's recent indictment.

Cuomo had directed the attorney general in March to investigate Vance's decision not to prosecute Weinstein on the 2015 charges.