Breaking news out of New York City where prosecutors have dropped one of the criminal charges against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein:

This is actually a really big deal as Weinstein’s legal team is accusing the woman of perjuring herself:

The dropped charge involved allegations made by actress Lucia Evans, who accused Weinstein of rape:

Ms. Evans was one of the first women to accuse Weinstein publicly of sexual assault. But it appears that a statement Ms. Evans gave to the New Yorker magazine contradicted what she told the NYPD and the grand jury. From ABC News:

Prosecutors disclosed in a sealed Sept. 12 letter to the defense that they discovered a previous written account from Evans that suggested the encounter was consensual.

Weinstein defense attorney Benjamin Brafman accused Evans of committing perjury when she testified to the grand jury.

“Sexual assault is a serious crime but falsely accusing someone of sexual assault is also a serious crime,” Brafman said outside court on Thursday.

Brafman said prosecutors discovered Evans’ written account about her encounter with Weinstein from a fact-checker with The New Yorker, and said he would subpoena the magazine.

We have no idea what prosecutors discovered, but we will note that Lucia Evans was in Ronan Farrow’s article that started all of this:

In that article, Farrow reported that Evans was raped:

Three of the women—among them Argento and a former aspiring actress named Lucia Evans—told me that Weinstein had raped them, forcibly performing or receiving oral sex or forcing vaginal sex. Four women said that they had experienced unwanted touching that could be classified as an assault. In an audio recording captured during a New York Police Department sting operation in 2015, Weinstein admits to groping a Filipina-Italian model named Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, describing it as behavior he is “used to.” Four of the women I interviewed cited encounters in which Weinstein exposed himself or masturbated in front of them.

But we’re not seeing anything in the article from Farrow that questioned Evans’ account:

Following the encounter, she met with the female casting executive, who sent her the scripts, and also came to one of her acting-class readings a few weeks later. (Evans does not believe that the executive was aware of Weinstein’s behavior.) Weinstein, Evans said, began calling her again late at night. She told me that the entire sequence of events had a routine quality. “It feels like a very streamlined process,” she said. “Female casting director, Harvey wants to meet. Everything was designed to make me feel comfortable before it happened. And then the shame in what happened was also designed to keep me quiet.”

Evans said that, after the incident, “I just put it in a part of my brain and closed the door.” She continued to blame herself for not fighting harder. “It was always my fault for not stopping him,” she said. “I had an eating problem for years. I was disgusted with myself. It’s funny, all these unrelated things I did to hurt myself because of this one thing.” Evans told friends some of what had happened, but felt largely unable to talk about it. “I ruined several really good relationships because of this. My schoolwork definitely suffered, and my roommates told me to go to a therapist because they thought I was going to kill myself.”

Weinstein’s attorney called the case “permanently and irreparably damaged,” and he just might be right:

So, what else is wrong from Farrow’s article? This whole thing feels like it’s about to blow up, especially since the other main figure in the original reporting — Asia Argento — now faces sexual misconduct claims of her own:

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