Po­lice open We­in­stein probes

The West Australian - - WORLD -

Po­lice in Lon­don and New York are in­ves­ti­gat­ing sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions lev­elled at US film pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein.

In a week that has rocked Hol­ly­wood, the movie mogul has been ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and as­sault from some of the film in­dus­try’s big­gest names in­clud­ing Gwyneth Pal­trow and Kate Beck­in­sale.

Ac­tress Rose Mc­Gowan re­turned to Twit­ter af­ter a 12hour sus­pen­sion of her ac­count with claims We­in­stein raped her, clar­i­fy­ing pre­vi­ous state­ments she had been sex­u­ally as­saulted by an un­named stu­dio head.

Mersey­side Po­lice in Bri­tain said it re­ceived a re­port on Wed­nes­day morn­ing of an al­leged sex­ual as­sault in Lon­don in the 1980s and has re­ferred it to Scot­land Yard.

The New York Po­lice Depart­ment is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the 65year-old and will de­ter­mine if there are ad­di­tional com­plaints.

We­in­stein also faces three al­le­ga­tions of rape by three women in an ar­ti­cle in The New Yorker. His spokes­woman has said “any al­le­ga­tions of non­con­sen­sual sex are un­equiv­o­cally de­nied by Mr We­in­stein”.

Bri­tish ac­tor Emma Thomp­son said she was not sur­prised about the al­le­ga­tions.

“They are en­demic to the sys­tem any­way,” Thomp­son told the BBC. “What I find ex­tra­or­di­nary is this man is at the top of a very par­tic­u­lar ice­berg. He’s a preda­tor. What he is top of the lad­der of is a sys­tem of ha­rass­ment and be­lit­tling and bul­ly­ing and in­ter­fer­ence.”

Fel­low Bri­tish ac­tress So­phie Dix claimed We­in­stein had pinned her down in a ho­tel room in Lon­don when she was 22. “He started try­ing to pull my clothes off and pin me down and I kept say­ing ‘No, no, no’,” Rix told The Guardian about the in­ci­dent at Lon­don’s Savoy Ho­tel in 1990.

Ear­lier, We­in­stein said “I’m not do­ing OK” and “we all make mis­takes” as he was filmed on cam­era for the first time since the scan­dal broke. “I’ve al­ways been loyal to you guys (re­porters). Not like those f...ing pricks that treat you like s...,” he said.

The pro­ducer is now thought to be at a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre.

Mc­Gowan, one of the first ac­tresses to be named as an al­leged vic­tim, is call­ing for the board of the We­in­stein Com­pany to be dis­solved.

Af­ter a 12-hour Twit­ter sus­pen­sion she tweeted: “jeff­be­zos I told the head of your stu­dio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof,” she wrote to Ama­zon boss Jeff Be­zos.

Rose Mc­Gowan

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