New York and London investigators look into claims against Harvey Weinstein
Detectives looking into fresh allegations
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.