Po­lice look­ing at com­plaints against film mogul

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - COLLEEN LONG NEW YORK —

Po­lice de­tec­tives in New York City and Lon­don are tak­ing a fresh look into sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions against Hol­ly­wood film pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein now that some 30 women have ac­cused him of in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­duct.

New York Po­lice Depart­ment spokesper­son Peter Don­ald said Thurs­day that in­ves­ti­ga­tors are try­ing to de­ter­mine whether there were any ad­di­tional com­plaints in­volv­ing We­in­stein. 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 on We­in­stein to con­tact the depart­ment.

Also Thurs­day, Bri­tish me­dia 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.

Some 30 women — in­clud­ing ac­tresses An­gelina Jolie, Ash­ley Judd and Gwyneth Pal­trow — told The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine for re­cent sto­ries that We­in­stein had sex­u­ally ha­rassed or sex­u­ally as­saulted them. We­in­stein was fired Sun­day by The We­in­stein Co., a stu­dio he co­founded with his brother.

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

The film mogul reap­peared briefly on Wed­nes­day out­side a Los An­ge­les home, telling the pa­parazzi he’s “not do­ing OK,” but he’s hop­ing for a “sec­ond chance,” ac­cord­ing to video posted by celebrity web­site TMZ. He also told the pho­tog­ra­phers he needs to “get help” and “we all make mis­takes.”

Fall­out from the nu­mer­ous al­le­ga­tions against We­in­stein con­tin­ued Thurs­day, with the lead­ers of the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val ex­press­ing dis­may at the ac­cu­sa­tions.

Ha­chette Book Group also an­nounced Thurs­day that it has “ter­mi­nated” We­in­stein Books.

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