I have written before about how Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. does not prosecute big banks or the moneyed class but goes after those who have little power, such as minorities.
Media mogul Harvey Weinstein can be accurately described as a monster. Reporter Ronan Farrow who broke much of the story that implicated Weinstein in cases of rape and sexual abuse is a little wary as to whether the prosecution will be vigorous because of the fact that the person who is in charge of this case is Vance, the same person who dropped charges on earlier allegations after Weinstein’s lawyers made big contributions to Vance’s election campaigns.
I hope that Harvey Weinstein receives a fair trial—that means a prosecution being tough, the process being organized, and respected, and not manipulated in a way that powerful people are so often able to manipulate those processes,” Farrow replied. “A large part of the reporting in this book [Catch and Kill] is about how Harvey Weinstein narrowly evaded previous attempts to charge him because he was able to hire armies of private investigators to dig up dirt on his accusers, and smear them, and influence the DA’s office. This very DA, who’s advancing this case in Manhattan right now, is one of the people who dropped charges against him previously—after Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers made donations to his campaigns.”
Farrow is of course referring to Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr., whose office dropped charges against Weinstein in 2015 despite plenty of evidence—including a recording of Weinstein admitting to groping actress Ambra Gutierrez. It was later revealed that Weinstein’s then-lawyer, David Boies, donated $10,000 to Vance’s office in the months after the case was dropped. And, while Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a formal inquiry into the dropping of the 2015 case, he later put the investigation on hold.
Here is Farrow appearing on The Daily Show