Part of sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein dropped
A New York judge has dropped part of the criminal case against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
The judge agreed to dismiss allegations by one of three accusers in the case, Lucia Evans against the 66-year-old.
A year ago, Ms Evans told The New Yorker that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a meeting at his office in 2004.
Remaining charges include allegations Weinstein raped a woman in 2013 and forced a sex act on a different woman in 2006.
Weinstein appeared in court overnight (AEDT). He wore a GPS monitor is on US$1m bail.
He has maintained his innocence.
His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said in court that he believes Ms Evans lied to the grand jury about what happened.
"This is obviously a very positive development," Ms Brafman said outside court.
Ms Evans' attorney Carrie Goldberg said in a statement that the prosecution's decision to "abandon" her client speaks to a system that needs to be reformed.
She said it does not "invalidate the truth of her claims."