Published: Fri, October 20, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Los Angeles Police Investigate Rape Claim Against Weinstein

Los Angeles Police Investigate Rape Claim Against Weinstein

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein after an Italian model-actress alleged that he raped her at her hotel in 2013.

They said a potential victim had been interviewed, without giving further details.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Weinstein, Sallie Hofmeister, said that "Mr. Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but he unequivocally denies allegations of nonconsensual sex".

Reuters was unable to independently confirm any of the allegations. "I just want to talk".

She said that when he left "he acted like nothing happened".

Those questions need to be asked beyond the entertainment industry, she wrote in a New York Daily News op-ed published Sunday.

She alleges that Weinstein showed up at her hotel room knocking, and when she answered, forced his way in.

London police are investigating allegations of sexual assault against him made by two women. "Each fearless voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game", her statement said. "I barely knew this man". She had previously met Weinstein once, briefly, in Rome after being introduced by an acquaintance.

She said she chose to come forward because her children urged her, saying, "You just need to be strong, Mum".

At the time, she said was afraid to report Weinstein, but did tell a priest, a friend and a nanny what had happened.

When she got there, Harvey's assistant showed up instead saying he wasn't feeling well, so could she meet him upstairs.

Actresses Asia Argento, Rose McGowan, Lysette Anthony and Lucia Evans have all claimed they were forced to perform a sex act by Weinstein.

Harvey Weinstein is officially the subject of a criminal investigation for rape. The alleged rape falls within the state's 10-year statute of limitations for the crime and could "open the door to a prosecution if the evidence exists", defense attorney Dmitry Gorin told the newspaper. According to the New York Times, Weinstein has reached civil settlements with eight different women relating to inappropriate sexual behavior.

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