We­in­stein faces rape ar­rest

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De­tec­tives in New York be­lieve they have enough ev­i­dence to ar­rest dis­graced Hol­ly­wood mogul Har­vey We­in­stein af­ter an ac­tress claimed he raped her twice in the city in 2010.

Paz de la Huerta, 33, who ap­peared in the TV se­ries Board­walk Em­pire, al­leged both at­tacks took place in her own home about a month apart.

New York aban­doned its five-year statute of lim­i­ta­tions for rape in 2006, mean­ing We­in­stein could be pros­e­cuted.

De­tec­tive Nicholas DiGau­dio, who is lead­ing the We­in­stein in­ves­ti­ga­tion in New York, told Van­ity Fair: “I be­lieve, based on my in­ter­views with Paz, that . . . we have enough to make an ar­rest.”

His com­ment raised the prospect that We­in­stein could be ar­rested if he re­turns to his na­tive New York from Ari­zona, where he has been un­der­go­ing treat­ment at a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre.

Around 60 women have come for­ward in re­cent weeks with al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault and ha­rass­ment against the pro­ducer. He is fac­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions in New York, Los An­ge­les and Lon­don.

In a state­ment, We­in­stein’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive said: “Any al­le­ga­tions of non-con­sen­sual sex are un­equiv­o­cally de­nied by Mr We­in­stein.”

The Man­hat­tan dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice said a se­nior pros­e­cu­tor had been as­signed to look into De la Huerta’s al­le­ga­tions.

She first met We­in­stein when she was 14, while mak­ing The Cider House Rules. The al­leged at­tacks took place when she was 26.

She said the first at­tack hap­pened af­ter We­in­stein gave her a lift home from a bar, and on the sec­ond oc­ca­sion he turned up at her home unan­nounced.

The ac­tress told Van­ity Fair: “He’s like a pig, he raped me. I lay there feel­ing sick. He looked at me and said: ‘I’ll put you in a play.’

“He left and I never heard from him again, he knew he had done a bad thing.”

We­in­stein was seen publicly in Ari­zona for the first time since en­ter­ing ther­apy.

A pho­to­graph showed him in dis­guise at a restau­rant wear­ing a blond wig and or­ange makeup, and a hat ref­er­enc­ing the res­ur­rec­tion of Je­sus.

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