NYPD and Lon­don po­lice in­ves­ti­gate We­in­stein al­le­ga­tions

The Irish Times - - World News - JAMILES LARTEY and KEVIN RAWLINSON

Po­lice on both sides of the At­lantic have con­firmed they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing Har­vey We­in­stein as the scan­dal sur­round­ing the dis­graced pro­ducer deep­ens.

In Lon­don, the Metropoli­tan po­lice are as­sess­ing a sex­ual abuse al­le­ga­tion made against him, while in his home­town of New York po­lice are car­ry­ing out a “review” look­ing for new com­plaints against him.

Scot­land Yard said yes­ter­day: “The Met has been passed an al­le­ga­tion of sex­ual abuse by Mersey­side po­lice on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 11th. The al­le­ga­tion will be as­sessed by of­fi­cers from the child abuse and sex­ual of­fences com­mand.” There is no in­di­ca­tion the com­plaint re­lates to child abuse.

Lt John Grimpel of the NYPD said in a state­ment: “Based on information ref­er­enced in pub­lished news re­ports the NYPD is con­duct­ing a review to de­ter­mine if there are any ad­di­tional com­plaints re­lat­ing to the Har­vey We­in­stein mat­ter.”

Yes­ter­day, French ac­tor Florence Darel be­came the lat­est star to ac­cuse the pro­ducer of sex­ual ha­rass­ment, join­ing a string of other high-pro­file ac­tors, in­clud­ing Gwyneth Pal­trow, An­gelina Jolie, Léa Sey­doux and Cara Delev­ingne, who have ac­cused the pro­ducer of sex­ual ha­rass­ment or as­sault. Three women have ac­cused Mr We­in­stein of rape.

Mr We­in­stein has said many of the de­tails of those public ac­counts are in­ac­cu­rate, and he has de­nied ac­cu­sa­tions of crim­i­nal sex­ual ha­rass­ment, rape and sex­ual as­sault.

– Guardian ser­vice/PA

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