Twitter Mocks Manhattan DA Cy Vance For Posting A Photo Wearing Purple To Support Domestic Abuse Survivors

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. speaks during a news conference about a gun trafficking bust at New York City Police (NYPD) Headquarters in New York, October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

The Manhattan District Attorney who dropped a sex crime case against Harvey Weinstein tweeted a picture of himself and his staff wearing purple to support survivors of domestic violence.

How do you think that went?

Cyrus Vance Jr. and his staff posed for the #PurpleThursday photo "to stand up for survivors of domestic violence," the Manhattan DA tweet said.

Vance's tweet comes less than two weeks after dozens of women accused Weinstein of sexual assault — including Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez whose case Vance dropped — promping some to call out the DA.

"Great! Now give us examples of how you did that," said twitter user @Gymnast45H.

Today we wear purple to stand up for survivors of domestic violence. #PurpleThursday #DVAM2017

— Cyrus Vance, Jr. (@ManhattanDA) October 19, 2017

"Dragging everyone down with you?" added Twitter user @Jamdeee.

#PurpleThursday #DVAM2017 Great! Now give us some examples of how you did that.

— Cynthia Drew (@Gymnast45H) October 19, 2017

dragging everyone down with u ?

— Jimmy Dee (@jamdeee) October 19, 2017

The New York Times investigation found several allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Weinstein for 30 years. When the report first came out, the district attorney's office in Manhattan defended their decision to not file charges against the A-list film producer two years ago.

"If we could have prosecuted Harvey Weinstein for the conduct that occurred in 2015, we would have," said Chief Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman Agnifilo.

Statement by Chief ADA Karen Friedman Agnifilo on allegations against Harvey Weinstein —

— Cyrus Vance, Jr. (@ManhattanDA) October 10, 2017

The International Business Times reported that David Boies, Weinstein's lawyer, donated $10,000 to Vance's campaign several months after it was decided that the office would not be pressing charges.

Recently, Vance was under fire for ordering his prosecutors to drop a criminal investigation against Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., who were suspected of misleading potential buyers of apartments in the Trump SoHo building, according to a report from The New Yorker. Vance's office dropped the investigation after the Trump siblings lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, met with the Manhattan DA. Kasowitz donated $50,000 for Vance's reelection campaign, some before that meeting, some after.

Both donations were returned by Vance.

Vance is up for re-election this year, but is running unopposed. After the Weinstein controversy, Marc Fliedner, a resident of a neighboring jurisdiction, announced he was running as a write-in candidate.

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