Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Now, Paz de la Huerta alleges Harvey Weinstein raped her twice

Hollywood heavyweights Harvey Weinstein and James Toback have both been accused of sexual assault Hollywood heavyweights Harvey Weinstein and James Toback have both been accused of sexual assault
Elaine Woods | 04 November, 2017, 00:53

NY police are gathering evidence with an eye toward preparing a warrant to arrest Harvey Weinstein on rape charges.

His comments came during a conference at the authority's headquarters on Friday as he was asked about a claim made by former Boardwalk Empire star Paz De La Huerta that Weinstein raped her in 2010.

Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said police found the "Boardwalk Empire" actress' story believable and that if Weinstein were now in NY and the assault allegation had just happened, "we'd go right away and make the arrest". This happened seven years ago, and we found corroboration along the way.

It led to directors using a voice double that de la Huerta said left critics with a bad impression of her work.

Since then, dozens of women have come forward to tell similar tales of harassment or assault.

Police in NY say they are investigating a "credible" rape allegation made against Harvey Weinstein.

De la Huerta first met Weinstein when she was 14 years old, but it wasn't until 12 years later in 2010 that the first alleged incident occurred.

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In addition to the allegation of sexual assault from 2013, officers are investigating a misdemeanor lewd conduct charge that allegedly took place in 2015.

Mr Boyce said: "We became aware of the (alleged) victim on October 25".

Police in Los Angeles and London are also investigating rape allegations against Weinstein.

Weinstein has "unequivocally denied" allegations of non-consensual sex.

As part of a criminal examination, Manhattan federal prosecutors are looking into transactions Weinstein set-up regarding a large sum of money fund-raised at an amfAR auction, The New York Times reports in a story published Thursday.

Then two months later, Weinstein showed up at her building and they went upstairs before he attacked her again, according to the actress.

The charity said in statement that it is not a target of the probe and is cooperating with investigators.

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