Fourth rape claim against We­in­stein

New York and Lon­don po­lice join probe

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NEW YORK: The case against Har­vey We­in­stein took on an in­ter­na­tional di­men­sion, with po­lice in

New York and Bri­tain launch­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions – while a fourth woman ac­cused the movie mogul of rape.

An avalanche of claims of sex­ual ha­rass­ment, as­sault and rape by the hugely in­flu­en­tial Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer have sur­faced since the pub­li­ca­tion last week of an ex­plo­sive New York Times re­port al­leg­ing a his­tory of abu­sive be­hav­iour dat­ing back decades.

On Thurs­day, Amer­i­can ac­tress Rose McGowan be­came the fourth woman to ac­cuse We­in­stein of rap­ing her.

A spokesman for the New York Po­lice De­part­ment mean­while con­firmed it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing a 2004 case, but pro­vided no de­tails.

The New York Daily News re­ported that the case in­volved as­pir­ing ac­tress Lu­cia Evans, who ear­lier told the New Yorker mag­a­zine that We­in­stein had forced her to per­form oral sex on him. And a state­ment from Scot­land Yard said the Metropoli­tan Po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing “an al­le­ga­tion of sex­ual as­sault by Mersey­side Po­lice”. It did not elab­o­rate.

The Daily Tele­graph said the case in­volved an ac­tress now un­der­stood to be liv­ing in the Liver­pool area.

McGowan be­rated Ama­zon CEO Jeff Be­zos in a blis­ter­ing se­ries of tweets, claim­ing she told Ama­zon Studios chief Roy Price (pic) that We­in­stein had raped her but was ig­nored.

“Over and over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof,” she wrote.

Ama­zon Studios later said that Price – who has also been ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment by TV pro­ducer Isa Hack­ett – was “on leave of ab­sence ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately”.

On Wed­nes­day, We­in­stein was seen in pub­lic for the first time in days when pa­parazzi de­scended upon him as he left his daugh­ter’s home in Los An­ge­les.

“Guys, I’m not do­ing okay but I’m try­ing,” he said in a video ob­tained by ABC. “I got to get help. You know what, we all make mis­takes.”

As he climbed into an over­sized sports util­ity ve­hi­cle, he said he hoped peo­ple would give him “a sec­ond chance”.

The TMZ web­site re­ported that We­in­stein later flew to Ari­zona to en­ter a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre, pos­si­bly The Mead­ows, a fa­cil­ity north­west of Phoenix where golfer Tiger Woods and su­per­model Kate Moss have been treated.

The al­le­ga­tions against a man who is a prom­i­nent sup­porter of lib­eral causes and a ma­jor Demo­cratic Party fundraiser sent tre­mors through the party, with con­ser­va­tives ac­cus­ing Barack Obama and Hil­lary Clin­ton of wait­ing too long to dis­avow We­in­stein.

Obama even­tu­ally said he was “dis­gusted” and Clin­ton that she was “ap­palled” by the al­leged acts.

The al­le­ga­tions against one of cin­ema’s ti­tans – a man whose stu­dio has gar­nered more than 300 Os­car nom­i­na­tions – have shaken Hol­ly­wood, which has long bat­tled a rep­u­ta­tion for ex­ploit­ing fe­male ac­tors, by­pass­ing fe­male di­rec­tors and over­look­ing fe­male-cen­tred scripts. — AFP

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