British police probe assault claim involving Weinstein
Scandal: US film mogul linked to alleged sex attack in London in 1980s
British police are investigating an allegation of sexual assault involving US film producer Harvey Weinstein from the 1980s, sources said.
Merseyside Police said it had received a report at 8.40am on Wednesday of an alleged sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s, and referred it to Scotland Yard.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “We can confirm the Met was passed an allegation of sexual assault by Merseyside Police on Wednesday October 11.
“The allegation will be assessed by officers from Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command.”
Meanwhile, police in New York have opened an investigation into Weinstein, it has been confirmed.
The New York Police Department will conduct a review to determine if there are additional complaints and has encouraged anyone with information to come forward.
Detective Sophia Mason, of the NYPD, told the Press Association: “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.
“No filed complaints have been identified as of this time ... ”
The police review follows allegations of rape made by three women against the movie mogul in an article in the New Yorker and a string of sexual harassment allegations from women who worked with him, with model and actress Cara Delevingne and Kate Beckinsale the latest stars to speak out.
Earlier, the disgraced producer told reporters “I’m not doing OK” but “we all make mistakes” as he was filmed on camera for the first time since the scandal broke.
Weinstein was filmed leaving his daughter’s house in Los Angeles.
US film producer Harvey Weinstein is being investigated in America and Britain over a string of allegations of sexual assault, which he denies.