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Prosecutors Drop Charge Against Patriots' Edelman

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Prosecutors have dropped an indecent assault and battery charge against New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman, saying evidence suggests he just briefly grabbed the hand of a woman who accused him of groping her.

The 25-year-old Edelman was accused of grabbing the woman's crotch during a Halloween party at a Boston nightclub.

On Thursday, prosecutors said they decided to drop the charge after reviewing video surveillance and witness statements and interviewing the woman several times.

They said video indicates Edelman had just "fleeting" contact with the woman, and didn't commit a crime.

A message for comment was left with Edelman's attorney. A Patriots spokesman said since the team hasn't been involved in the case, it was inappropriate to comment.

Edelman has played receiver and defensive back for the Patriots this season, and has returned punts, as well.

This program aired on December 15, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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