N.Y.C., Lon­don po­lice tak­ing fresh look at We­in­stein claims

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Page Two - By Colleen Long

NEW YORK — Po­lice de­tec­tives in New York City and Lon­don are tak­ing a fresh look into sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions against Har­vey We­in­stein now that some 30 women have ac­cused the Hol­ly­wood film pro­ducer of in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­duct.

New York Po­lice Depart­ment spokesman Peter Don­ald said Thurs­day that in­ves­ti­ga­tors are re­view­ing po­lice files to see if any­one else re­ported be­ing as­saulted or ha­rassed by him.

So far, no filed com­plaints have been found, he said, other than one well-known case that prompted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in 2015, but au­thor­i­ties are en­cour­ag­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion on We­in­stein to con­tact the depart­ment.

Lon­don po­lice were also look­ing into a claim it had re­ceived from the Mersey­side force in north­west Eng­land, Bri­tish me­dia re­ported Thurs­day. Mersey­side po­lice said the al­le­ga­tion was made a day ear­lier and con­cerned “an al­leged sex­ual as­sault in the Lon­don area in the 1980s.”

Some 30 women — in­clud­ing ac­tresses An­gelina Jolie, Ash­ley Judd and Gwyneth Pal­trow — have spo­ken out re­cently to say We­in­stein had sex­u­ally ha­rassed or sex­u­ally as­saulted them. Rose Mc­Gowan, who has long sug­gested that We­in­stein sex­u­ally as­saulted her, tweeted Thurs­day that “HW raped me.”

The ini­tials were an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to We­in­stein, and The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter said the ac­tress con­firmed to them that she was re­fer­ring to the dis­graced film mogul. The New York Times ear­lier re­ported that We­in­stein paid a fi­nan­cial set­tle­ment of $100,000 to Mc­Gowan in 1997 over an in­ci­dent in a ho­tel room at the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val in Utah.

“Any al­le­ga­tions of non-con­sen­sual sex are un­equiv­o­cally de­nied by Mr. We­in­stein,” We­in­stein’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sal­lie Hofmeis­ter said Thurs­day.

We­in­stein was fired Sun­day by The We­in­stein Co., a stu­dio he co-founded with his brother.

Some of the al­le­ga­tions in­volved con­duct at ho­tels in Bev­erly Hills, but po­lice there didn’t re­turn calls on whether they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing any pos­si­ble crimes. The Los An­ge­les Po­lice Depart­ment has no open in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

KIKA PRESS/ZUMA PRESS FILE PHO­TO­GRAPH

Movie pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein, pic­tured on Aug. 31, 2013, is be­ing ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions, which has led to him be­ing fired.

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