Andrew Cuomo Received $25,000 Donation From Weinstein Law Firm Before Halting His Sexual Assault Case
Andrew Cuomo, the corrupt Governor of New York halted a sexual assault case into Harvey Weinstein 6 days after receiving a $25,000 donation from Weinstein’s law firm.
On June 20th, Manhattan law firm who formerly represented Weinstein, Boies Schiller & Flexner, donated $25,000 to Governor Cuomo’s campaign–less than a week later, Cuomo called off the NY Attorney General’s investigation into Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance for deciding not to prosecute Weinstein for a 2015 groping accusation, The New York Post reported.
Weinstein was previously represented by David Boies — whose firm was caught in a conflict-of-interest debacle after the New Yorker published its bombshell report on the slew of sexual-assault allegations against the producer.
Boies’ firm had hired and paid private investigative companies to dig up dirt on Weinstein accusers — while at the same time representing the New York Times, which also published a report on the Weinstein allegations.
A spokesperson for Boiles Schiller & Flexner — which also made a $25,000 contribution to Cuomo’s re-election campaign in 2017 — defended the donations.
“Neither Mr. Boies, nor anyone from his firm, ever discussed Harvey Weinstein or Mr. Vance with Mr. Cuomo, or anyone from his office, at any time,” the spokesperson told online political publication Capital and Main. “Mr. Boies is a longtime supporter of Mr. Cuomo and his contribution in June was consistent with his contributions to Mr. Cuomo over years past.”
Vance came under fire after it was revealed he received $55,000 in campaign contributions from Boies — including $10,000 after Manhattan’s top prosecutor opted not to charge Weinstein.
Cuomo told The Post, “The attorney general’s investigation was suspended to avoid situations in which Weinstein’s defense attorneys would be able to constantly petition the attorney general’s office for information about what they uncovered and undermine a criminal prosecution.”
Harvey Weinstein surrendered to New York Police in May and appeared for his arraignment in a Manhattan court in July.