Po­lice in N.Y.C., Lon­don look­ing into We­in­stein

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• Po­lice 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 Thurs­day in­ves­ti­ga­tors are re­view­ing files to see if any­one else re­ported be­ing as­saulted or ha­rassed by him.

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

Also Thurs­day, an­other star went pub­lic with ac­cu­sa­tions against the 65- yearold me­dia mogul. Kate Beck­in­sale said We­in­stein tried to ply her with al­co­hol when she was just 17.

The ac­tress wrote on In­sta­gram: “When I ar­rived, re­cep­tion told me to go to his room. He opened the door in his bathrobe. I was in­cred­i­bly naive and young and it did not cross my mind that this older, unattrac­tive man would ex­pect me to have any sex­ual in­ter­est in him.”

Some 30 women — incl ud­ing An­gelina Jolie, Ash­ley Judd and Gwyneth Pal­trow — have said We­in­stein sex­u­ally ha­rassed or as­saulted them. We­in­stein was fired Sun­day by The We­in­stein Co., a stu­dio he co-founded with his brother.

Some al­le­ga­tions in­volve con­duct at ho­tels in Bev­erly Hills, but po­lice there didn’t re­turn calls. The Los An­ge­les Po­lice Depart­ment has no open in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

We­in­stein, t hrough a spokes­woman, has de­nied any non­con­sen­sual sex­ual con­duct with any women.

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