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D.A. DROPS PART OF CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST HARVEY WEINSTEIN

The criminal case against disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein was dealt a serious setback Thursday. Prosecutors representing the Manhattan District Attorney’s office dropped one of the six charges against him.

Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon told a judge Thursday that the D.A. was dropping the charge connected to one of his three court accusers, Lucia Evans. She was one of the first of 80+ women to come forward with allegations against Weinstein, but only three's cases have moved forward to trial. In an article in The New Yorker published a year ago Wednesday, Evans first shared her story. In the article, she said he’d forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004.

THE LETTER

But in a letter to the defense unsealed in court on Thursday, it appears there is a counter-narrative and that Evans’ interaction with Weinstein appears to have been consensual.

The letter reads: "According to the Witness...the Complainant Evans told the Witness that...the Complainant had gone to the defendant's office, where the Defendant told her, in substance, that he would arrange for the Complainant to receive an acting job if she agreed to perform oral sex upon him. According to the Witness, the Complainant told her that she thereupon performed oral sex on the defendant."

PERJURY?

Weinstein’s legal team, led by Benjamin Brafman, accused Evans of committing perjury when she testified before a grand jury that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex.

"Sexual assault is a serious crime but falsely accusing someone of sexual assault is also a serious crime," Brafman said outside of the courtroom, according to ABC.

Brafman said Evans’ counter-narrative about her account was uncovered by a fact-checker at The New Yorker. He plans to subpoena the magazine.

DISMISSAL?

Brafman also argued that the case is "permanently and irreparably damaged" by the development, and noted that he plans to call for a dismissal.

A lawyer for Evans, meanwhile, said she is disappointed that the D.A. "abandoned" her.

"Let me be clear: the decision to throw away my client's sexual assault charges says nothing about Weinstein's guilt or innocence. Nor does it reflect on Lucia's consistent allegation that she was sexually assaulted with force by Harvey Weinstein," said attorney Carrie Goldberg. "It only speaks volumes about the Manhattan DA's office and its mishandling of my client's case."

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to all six charges and remains free on $1 million bail.

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CAMILA MENDES EXPLAINS HOW SHE FOUND HAPPINESS POST-BULIMIA

Riverdale star Camila Mendes is finally in a happier place after struggling for years with bulimia. Mendes opens up to Shape for the magazine’s November cover story, and explains why she devotes time to discussing her recovery on social media.

The 24-year-old says: "I realized that I have this platform, and young women and men who look up to me, and there is a tremendous power to do something positive with it. It was definitely a very vulnerable thing to put that out there to almost 12 million people on social media. But that’s who I am. That’s me being authentically myself."

Mendes says she started struggling with bulimia in high school, explaining that she used to see food—especially carbs—as the enemy.

"I was so scared of carbs that I wouldn’t let myself eat bread or rice ever. I’d go a week without eating them, then I would binge on them, and that would make me want to purge," Mendes says. "If I ate a sweet, I would be like, ‘Oh my God, I’m not going to eat for five hours now.’ I was always punishing myself. I was even anxious about healthy food: Did I eat too much of the avocado? Did I have too many fats for one day? I was consumed with the details of what I was eating, and I always felt as if I was doing something wrong."

After receiving treatment through a therapist and recruiting a nutritionist, she says it’s gotten better, but she still has tough days.

"The voices in my head never completely go away. They’re just way quieter now."

She adds: "My nutritionist completely cured my fear of carbs. She was like, ‘You need a balanced amount of good, healthy carbs in your life. Have a piece of toast in the morning; have some quinoa at lunch. When you’re eating a little of them all the time, you won’t have this crazy urge to binge. You won’t be scared of carbs anymore because you’re going to realize that eating them isn’t going to make you gain weight.'"

Mendes also gave a shout out to the body positivity community, in which she includes Rihanna. "This body-positivity movement we’re having right now is so amazing, and it’s helping me so much. I’m seeing all these people who I look up to, like Rihanna, open up about their weight fluctuations and loving themselves the way they are. That makes me love myself more too," she says.

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DAKOTA JOHNSON OPENS UP ABOUT PREGNANCY RUMORS

Dakota Johnson just recently started publicly acknowledging her romance with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, and her openness was greeted, perhaps inevitably, with a flurry of pregnancy rumors. The 29-year-old joined Ellen Degeneres on her titular show...

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CELEBRITY GOSSIP

STEVE CARELL SAYS THE OFFICE REVIVAL WON’T HAPPEN: But not for the reason you may think. Steve Carell says Michael Scott’s sense of humor just wouldn’t fly today. He tells Esquire: "Because The Office is on Netflix and replaying, a lot more people have seen it recently. And I think because of that there's been a resurgence in interest in the show, and talk about bringing it back. But apart from the fact that I just don't think that's a good idea, it might be impossible to do that show today and have people accept it the way it was accepted 10 years ago. The climate's different." He notes that Michael Scott’s entire character is "predicated on inappropriate behavior."

KIM KARDASHIAN REUNITES WITH ALICE JOHNSON AT GOOGLE HQ: Kim Kardashian reunited with Alice Johnson several months after convincing President Donald Trump to commute her life sentence. The pair made a joint appearance Thursday at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View to discuss prison reform. Kardashian posted a selfie in Instagram Stories; they were joined by Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, Trump’s daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

KATHLEEN TURNER GETS CAST IN … THE OPERA? Kathleen Turner’s next big role will be as the Duchess of Krakenthorp in Gaetano Donizetti’s "The Daughter of the Regiment." It’s a non-singing role. The Academy- and Tony Award-nominated 64-year-old star will grace seven performances of the comic opera from Feb. 7 to March 1, the last of which will be televised to movie theaters in high-def.

CHRISSY METZ DIDN’T WEAR A SWIMSUIT UNTIL SHE WAS 38: Body positive This Is Us star Chrissy Metz reveals that she only recently felt comfortable wearing a swimsuit in public. "I grew up wearing a T-shirt at the pool," Metz, 38, told Glamour in her November cover story for the magazine. "As an adult, I was like, I’m gonna find a bathing suit I like and I’m gonna wear it." She continued: "It’s a backhanded compliment, but I’m doing what I want to do."

LENA DUNHAM IS NOT A FAN OF CALVIN HARRIS: On Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, Lena Dunham’s former Girls co-star Andrew Rannells asked her which of her friend Taylor Swift’s ex-lovers did she like least? "I want to do right by her on this question … My least favorite was Calvin Harris," said Dunham, using air quotes around his name because the DJ’s real name is Adam Wiles. "Because I felt he was petty in the public, and who needs to do that?"

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