New York and Lon­don in­ves­ti­ga­tors look into claims against Har­vey We­in­stein

De­tec­tives look­ing into fresh al­le­ga­tions

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PO­LICE de­tec­tives in New York City and Lon­don are tak­ing a fresh look into sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions against Hol­ly­wood film pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein.

New York Po­lice De­part­ment spokesman Peter Don­ald said that in­ves­ti­ga­tors are try­ing to de­ter­mine whether there were any ad­di­tional com­plaints in­volv­ing We­in­stein, who is now em­broiled in a sex abuse scan­dal.

That in­cludes re­view­ing po­lice files to see if any women pre­vi­ously 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 to con­tact them.

Also yes­ter­day, it was re­ported Lon­don po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an al­le­ga­tion of sex­ual as­sault in­volv­ing We­in­stein.

Lon­don’s Metropoli­tan po­lice force said it had re­ceived an al­le­ga­tion of sex­ual as­sault from the Mersey­side force in north­west Eng­land.

Mersey­side po­lice say the al­le­ga­tion was made Wed­nes­day and con­cerns “an al­leged sex­ual as­sault in the Lon­don area in the 1980s.”

Some 30 women – in­clud­ing ac­tresses An­gelina Jolie, Ash­ley Judd and Gwyneth Pal­trow – told The New York Times and The New Yorker for re­cent sto­ries that We­in­stein had sex­u­ally ha­rassed or sex­u­ally as­saulted them.

We­in­stein was fired last week by The We­in­stein Co., a stu­dio he co-founded with his brother.

De­tec­tives in the NYPD’s spe­cial vic­tims unit were in­structed to iden­tify and speak with any po­ten­tial vic­tims.

These in­cluded the women who spoke about their en­coun­ters with We­in­stein in a re­cent ar­ti­cle, ac­cord­ing to a law en­force­ment of­fi­cial who had been briefed on the mat­ter.

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