Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. accepted nearly $19,000 in campaign contributions from a nightlife mogul whose business partner was once investigated over sex assault allegations.
And then Vance returned the money six months later.
Mark Birnbaum, the operator of celebrity-studded clubs, was accused in 2011 of being a “sexual predator” who assaulted and harassed four women who worked at his Manhattan nightspots Tenjune and Simyone Lounge.
The four workers filed a lawsuit against Birnbaum in the spring of that year, accusing him of groping one, forcing one to touch his penis and pleasuring himself in front of two of them on different occasions.
At least two of the employees also tried to pursue criminal charges with the Manhattan DA’s office, but investigators never brought a case against Birnbaum, according to sources.