Police In unique York And London Are Investigating Whether Harvey Weinstein Sexually Assaulted People
Police departments in unique York and London told BuzzFeed News on Thursday they are investigating sexual assault complaints against Harvey Weinstein.
The NYPD said it was investigating an allegation that Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted someone in 2004 and is conducting a “review” to determine whether there are any “additional complaints” against him. The Metropolitan Police Service in London is assessing an allegation from the 1980s.
“A complaint was never filed with the NYPD. The NYPD is investigating an allegation of sex assault from 2004,” an NYPD spokesperson said when asked whether the department was investigating any preceding allegations against Weinstein.
“Based on information referenced in published news reports, the NYPD is conducting a review to determine whether there are any additional complaints relating to the Harvey Weinstein matter. No filed complaints believe been identified as of this time and as always, the NYPD encourages anyone who may believe information pertaining to this matter to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS,” said NYPD spokesman J. Peter Donald.
A spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office said prosecutors intend to work with the NYPD in an investigation “into any potential victims of this individual.”
A spokeswoman for Weinstein declined to comment. He did speak to paparazzi earlier Thursday before the unique investigations were reported, saying, “And you know what, I’ve always been loyal to you guys. Not like those fucking pricks who treat you like shit. I’ve been the splendid guy.”
“Guys, I’m not doing okay,” Weinstein said, “but I’m trying. I gotta catch encourage, guys. You know what, we totality do mistakes. moment chance, I hope.”
In London, the Metropolitan police said it “was passed an allegation of sexual assault” by Merseyside Police, a separate jurisdiction, on Wednesday. “The allegation will be assessed by officers from Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command,” a spokesperson said.
Merseyside Police, which covers the city of Liverpool, told BuzzFeed News it “can confirm a report was received at 8.40am on Wednesday (11 October 2017) of an alleged sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s. The report has been referred to the Metropolitan Police.”
In unique York state, there are no statutes of limitations for rape, criminal sexual act, and aggravated sexual abuse charges. The statutes for other felony sex offenses is five years.
“We encourage additional victims to contact the office at our hotline and obviously, we will investigate those unique things that may near to our office,” Manhattan DA Cy Vance said in a statement Thursday.
The investigation was first reported by the unique York Daily News, citing anonymous sources.
Meanwhile, LAPD and Beverly Hills police officials told BuzzFeed News they are not investigating past allegations against Weinstein.
Police in Toronto — where Weinstein allegedly began massaging actress Mira Sorvino in a hotel room during the Toronto International Film Festival in 1995 — said they achieve not believe any investigations relating to Weinstein. “There are currently no reports on file with Toronto Police with the name of Harvey Weinstein,” a spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service wrote.
The unique York Times and The unique Yorker both published explosive reports detailing actors who said they were victims Weinstein’s alleged unwanted sexual harassment and assaults — an open secret of sorts in Hollywood and the film industry. Since then, many more believe near forward.
But meaningful questions remained as to why no law enforcement authorities took action over the years. The unique Yorker piece included an audio recording of Weinstein from a 2015 NYPD sting operation where he apparently admitted to groping a model — but the Manhattan District Attorney’s office declined to prosecute, saying the NYPD didn’t capture sufficient evidence.
The unique Yorker piece included an interview with Lucia Evans, who said she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein in 2004 at Cipriani Upstairs in unique York City. She said Weinstein took her into an office and told her she might fit for several television or film roles, adding she’d believe to lose weight for one. Then, she said, “he forced me to perform oral sex on him.”
The NYPD didn’t say whether Evans’ account from 2004 is under investigation, or whether there is another that has gone unreported. Evans told BuzzFeed News she has no comment on the police investigation.