We­in­stein faces fresh UK claims

Daily Star - - Front Page - ® by KATE NEL­SON kate.nel­son@dai­

BRI­TISH po­lice last night launched a probe into al­leged sex­ual abuse by Har­vey We­in­stein.

Scot­land Yard con­firmed of­fi­cers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an al­leged as­sault in Lon­don in the 1980s.

The claim was orig­i­nally made to po­lice in Mersey­side.

The news came as the New York Po­lice Depart­ment started its own in­quiry into movie mogul We­in­stein.

The po­lice ac­tion fol­lows an avalanche of claims of sex­ual im­pro­pri­ety made against the 65-year-old by some of the movie in­dus­try’s most fa­mous ac­tresses.

A Met Po­lice spokesman said: “We can con­firm the Metropoli­tan Po­lice Ser­vice was passed an al­le­ga­tion of sex­ual as­sault by Mersey­side Po­lice.

“The al­le­ga­tion will be as­sessed by of­fi­cers from the Child Abuse and Sex­ual Of­fences Com­mand.”

There is no sug­ges­tion the al­le­ga­tion re­lates to child abuse.


A spokesman for po­lice in Liver­pool said: “Mersey­side Po­lice can con­firm a re­port was re­ceived of an al­leged sex­ual as­sault in the Lon­don area in the 1980s.

“The re­port has been re­ferred to the Metropoli­tan Po­lice.”

We­in­stein’s spokesman has pre­vi­ously said about other claims: “Any al­le­ga­tions of non-con­sen­sual sex are un­equiv­o­cally de­nied.”

Yes­ter­day the pro­ducer was seen look­ing scruffy in jeans as he left his daugh­ter’s house in Los An­ge­les.

He swore and pleaded with re­porters to be nice to him.

The film­maker said: “I’m not do­ing OK. I gotta get help.

“You know what, we all make mis­takes.

“I’ve al­ways been loyal to you guys. Not like those f***ing p **** s that treat you like s**t. I’ve been a good guy.”

Hol­ly­wood has been rocked by claims that We­in­stein raped three women.

Other claims of un­wanted sex­ual ad­vances have been made by many ac­tresses in­clud­ing Gwyneth Pal­trow and An­gelina Jolie.

We­in­stein has re­port­edly jet­ted off to The Mead­ows rehab clinic in Ari­zona to seek treat­ment.

His brother Bob called him a “very sick man”. We­in­stein has been sacked by his own com­pany and his wife Ge­orgina an­nounced she was leav­ing him.

Bosses of the Os­cars will meet to­mor­row to dis­cuss what ac­tion they will take.

Bri­tish film academy Bafta has al­ready sus­pended We­in­stein’s mem­ber­ship.

Lt John Grimpel, of the New York Po­lice Depart­ment, said: “The NYPD is con­duct­ing a re­view to de­ter­mine if there are any ad­di­tional com­plaints re­lat­ing to the Har­vey We­in­stein mat­ter.”

Mean­while co­me­dian Jim David­son called the al­le­ga­tions against We­in­stein “trial by tele­vi­sion”.

The 63-year-old was asked about the movie pro­ducer on ITV’s Good Morn­ing Bri­tain.

He said: “It’s not very nice, the sto­ries that’s com­ing out.

“It is a stigma that doesn’t go away, I have to tell you.”

David­son was ar­rested in 2013 on sus­pi­cion of his­toric sex­ual of­fences but was later told he would face no fur­ther ac­tion.

MOVIE mogul Har­vey We­in­stein is now be­ing probed over an al­le­ga­tion of sex­ual as­sault in Bri­tain. The pro­ducer, head­ing to a rehab clinic, told re­porters yes­ter­day: “I’m not OK. I gotta get help.”

TUR­MOIL: We­in­stein in a flap in Los An­ge­les yes­ter­day

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