More sex as­sault ac­cu­sa­tions name movie mogul

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NEW YORK • 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 that 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 had re­ceived from the Mersey­side force in north­west Eng­land. Mersey­side po­lice said the al­le­ga­tion con­cerned “an al­leged sex­ual as­sault in the Lon­don area in the 1980s.”

Also on Thurs­day an­other star went pub­lic with ac­cu­sa­tions against the me­dia mogul. Kate Beck­in­sale, the Bri­tish ac­tress, said We­in­stein tried to ply her with drink 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. Af­ter de­clin­ing al­co­hol and an­nounc­ing that I had school in the morn­ing I left, un­easy but un­scathed.” She added: “I said no to him pro­fes­sion­ally many times over the years — some of which ended up with him scream­ing at me call­ing me a c--- and mak­ing threats.”

Some 30 women — in­clud­ing An­gelina Jolie, Ash­ley Judd and Gwyneth Pal­trow — have spo­ken out re­cently to say We­in­stein had sex­u­ally ha­rassed or sex­u­ally as­saulted them. We­in­stein was fired Sun­day by The We­in­stein Co., a stu­dio he co-founded with his brother.

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

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

De­tec­tives in the NYPD’s spe­cial vic­tims unit were in­structed to iden­tify and speak with any po­ten­tial vic­tims, in­clud­ing the women who spoke about their en­coun­ters with We­in­stein in a re­cent New Yorker ar­ti­cle, ac­cord­ing to a law en­force­ment of­fi­cial.

In The New Yorker ex­pose, for­mer ac­tress Lu­cia Evans said We­in­stein forced her to per­form oral sex in 2004 when she was a stu­dent.

Har­vey We­in­stein

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