Po­lice to probe Har­vey

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DE­TEC­TIVES in New York City and Lon­don are tak­ing a fresh look into sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions against Har­vey We­in­stein now that some 30 women have ac­cused the Hol­ly­wood film pro­ducer of in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­duct.

New York Po­lice De­part­ment spokesman Peter Don­ald said on Thurs­day that in­ves­ti­ga­tors were re­view­ing po­lice files to see if any­one else re­ported be­ing as­saulted or ha­rassed by him.

So far, no filed com­plaints have been found, he said, other than one well-known case that prompted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in 2015. But au­thor­i­ties are en­cour­ag­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion on We­in­stein to con­tact the de­part­ment.

Lon­don po­lice were also look­ing into a claim it had re­ceived from the Mersey­side force in north­west Eng­land, Bri­tish me­dia re­ported Thurs­day. Mersey­side po­lice said the al­le­ga­tion was made a day ear­lier and con­cerned “an al­leged sex­ual as­sault in the Lon­don area in the 1980s”.

Some 30 women — in­clud­ing An­gelina Jolie, Ash­ley Judd and Gwyneth Pal­trow — have now spo­ken out to say We­in­stein had sex­u­ally ha­rassed or sex­u­ally as­saulted them. Rose McGowan, who has long sug­gested that Wein- stein sex­u­ally as­saulted her, tweeted on Thurs­day that “HW raped me.” The ini­tials were an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to We­in­stein, and The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter said the ac­tress had con­firmed she was re­fer­ring to the dis­graced film mogul.

The New York Times ear­lier re­ported that We­in­stein paid a $127,820 set­tle­ment to McGowan in 1997 over an in­ci­dent in a ho­tel room at the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val.

“Any al­le­ga­tions of non­con­sen­sual sex are un­equiv­o­cally de­nied by Mr. We­in­stein,” We­in­stein’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sal­lie Hofmeis­ter said.

We­in­stein was sacked on Sun­day by The We­in­stein Co., a stu­dio he co-founded with his brother. Some of the al­le­ga­tions in­volved con­duct at ho­tels in Bev­erly Hills, but po­lice there didn’t re­turn calls on whether they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing any pos­si­ble crimes.

De­tec­tives in the NYPD’s spe­cial vic­tims unit have been told to iden­tify and speak with any po­ten­tial vic­tims, in­clud­ing the women who spoke about their en­coun­ters with We­in­stein in a re­cent New Yorker ar­ti­cle, a law en­force­ment of­fi­cial told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The me­dia mogul reap- peared briefly on Wed­nes­day out­side a Los An­ge­les home, telling the pa­parazzi he’s “not do­ing OK,” but he’s hop­ing for a “sec­ond chance,” ac­cord­ing to video posted by celebrity web­site TMZ. He also told the pho­tog­ra­phers he needs to “get help” and “we all make mis­takes”.

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