Yard to in­ves­ti­gate We­in­stein over Lon­don ‘sex as­sault’

The Daily Telegraph - - Front page - By Patrick Sawer, and Har­riet Alexan­der in New York

CLAIMS that the shamed Hollywood mogul Har­vey We­in­stein sex­u­ally abused an actress in Lon­don are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by Scot­land Yard.

The al­leged as­sault took place in Lon­don dur­ing the Eight­ies and is un­der­stood to be the first re­ported to Bri­tish po­lice since claims emerged last week that We­in­stein sex­u­ally as­saulted and ha­rassed a string of Hollywood ac­tresses.

It came as the Amer­i­can actress, Rose Mcgowan, last night stated more frankly what she has long sug­gested: “HW raped me.” “HW” was ap­par­ently in ref­er­ence to Har­vey We­in­stein.

In a se­ries of tweets yes­ter­day, Mcgowan ad­dressed Jeff Be­zos, the Ama­zon chief ex­ec­u­tive, and said she re­peat­edly told an Ama­zon Stu­dios ex­ec­u­tive that “HW raped me.” Mcgowan said the ex­ec­u­tive told her it was not proven and she said: “I am the proof.”

In sub­se­quent tweets, Mcgowan ap­peared to sug­gest that Ama­zon Stu­dios, which is over­seen by Roy Price, pre­vi­ously dropped a project penned by Mcgowan after she in­sisted We­in­stein not be in­volved.

Re­spond­ing to the tweets, We­in­stein’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sal­lie Hofmeis­ter said he “un­equiv­o­cally de­nies... any al­le­ga­tions of non-con­sen­sual con­tact”. The New York Times ear­lier re­ported that We­in­stein paid a settlement of $100,000 to Mcgowan in 1997 over an in­ci­dent in a ho­tel room at the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val in Utah.

Last night, Kate Beck­in­sale, the Bri­tish actress, said We­in­stein tried to ply her with drink when she was just 17, and New York po­lice

sep­a­rately warned he could face crim­i­nal charges. The Metropoli­tan Po­lice has be­gun an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the claims, made by a woman un­der­stood to be now liv­ing in the Liver­pool area.

Myleene Klass, the singer, said last night that she, too, had been propo­si­tioned by the bullish New Yorker. We­in­stein in­vited her for lunch in Cannes, after she had in­ter­viewed him at the film fes­ti­val for CNN. Over lunch he “asked me to sign some kind of sex con­tract with him”.

She said: “I just thought, ‘Mate, which planet are you from?’ Then his PA came over with a con­fi­den­tial­ity con­tract. I just thought, ‘Oh my God, your poor wife.’ I don’t want to be a mar­riage-wrecker.”

Klass, now 39, said she left the lunch feel­ing “dis­gusted and an­gry,” and spoke about it in sub­se­quent in­ter­views – but had not named him un­til now.

Last night a Bri­tish actress, Sophie Dix, 48, came for­ward to say that she too had been as­saulted by We­in­stein, when she was 22.

We­in­stein “ab­so­lutely de­nies” the rape and sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions and in­sists he never en­gaged in non-con­sen­sual sex. He also de­nies vic­tim­is­ing women who turned down his ad­vances.

We­in­stein, who has been ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment by around 30 women and rape by three, could face crim­i­nal prose­cu­tion in the United States. The NYPD was re­ported to be in­ves­ti­gat­ing two cases in 2004.

Beck­in­sale, who starred in The Avi­a­tor, said that he had opened his door to her at the Savoy Ho­tel in Lon­don dressed in just a bathrobe be­fore of­fer­ing her al­co­hol. “After de­clin­ing and an­nounc­ing that I had school in the morn­ing, I left, un­easy but un­scathed.” She added: “I said no to him pro­fes­sion­ally many times over the years – some of which ended up with him scream­ing at me call­ing me a c--- and mak­ing threats.”

We­in­stein took a jet to Ari­zona on Wed­nes­day to seek ther­apy for what he has de­scribed as a sex ad­dic­tion. As the 65-year-old flew out of Los An­ge­les, he said: “You know what – we all make mis­takes. Sec­ond chance, OK?”

It emerged yes­ter­day that the board of the We­in­stein Com­pany may have known for sev­eral years about women be­ing paid to keep quiet about his be­hav­iour, ac­cord­ing to the New York Times.

Bri­tish actress Kate Beck­in­sale was just 17 when she says Har­vey We­in­stein, dressed in a bathrobe, tried to ply her with drink in his ho­tel room in Lon­don

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