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(Weinstein sex harassment claims) London police open inquiry

World | Oct 13, 2017 09:33
Police detectives in New York City and London are taking a new look into sexual assault allegations against disgraced film mogul, Harvey Weinstein (pictured),now that some 30 women have accused him 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.
London police were also looking into a claim it had received from the Merseyside force in northwest England, British media reported yesterday. 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 US$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.
The Summit County Sheriff's Office, which shares a records system with Park City Police, had no reports or calls involving Weinstein or McGowan in the past 30 years, sheriff's spokesman Lt. Andrew Wright said.
Detectives in the NYPD's special victims unit were instructed to identify and speak with any potential victims, including the women who spoke about their encounters with Weinstein in a recent New Yorker article, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.


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