Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment controversy has spread into new cases which New York and London police are investigating.
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey first broke the story on decades of sexual abuse by Weinstein in the New York Times. Since then, several women have come forward with further reports of sexual assault by Weinstein, and even allegations of rape.
New York police are now looking into one such incident from 2014. NYPD is now encouraging anyone who might be able to help with an investigation to come forward. London, meanwhile, is investigating a case from the 1980’s.
Fox News reports:
In New York, police are looking into a 2004 incident, and the NYPD is are searching for anyone who may have been victimized by the movie exec, an NYPD spokesperson told Fox News on Thursday.
“Based on information referenced in published news reports the NYPD is conducting a review to determine if there are any additional complaints relating to the Harvey Weinstein matter,” stated J. Peter Donald, of the NYPD’s DCPI. “No filed complaints have been identified as of this time and as always, the NYPD encourages anyone who may have information pertaining to this matter to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.”
Meanwhile, London’s Metropolitan police force said it had received an allegation of sexual assault from the Merseyside force in northwest England.
Merseyside police says the allegation was made Wednesday and concerns “an alleged sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s.”
In recent days, women have been speaking out to accuse the former Miramax exec of sexual assault, rape and harassment.
In the New Yorker, Ronan Farrow detailed the stories of other victims. Thirteen women said Weinstein assaulted them, and three said he raped them.
Now that he’s finally under investigation, perhaps Weinstein will soon have to answer for these allegations:
Three women—among them Argento and a former aspiring actress named Lucia Evans—told me that Weinstein raped them, allegations that include Weinstein forcibly performing or receiving oral sex and forcing vaginal sex. Four women said that they experienced unwanted touching that could be classified as an assault. In an audio recording captured during a New York Police Department sting operation in 2015 and made public here for the first time, Weinstein admits to groping a Filipina-Italian model named Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, describing it as behavior he is “used to.” Four of the women I interviewed cited encounters in which Weinstein exposed himself or masturbated in front of them.
Sixteen former and current executives and assistants at Weinstein’s companies told me that they witnessed or had knowledge of unwanted sexual advances and touching at events associated with Weinstein’s films and in the workplace. They and others describe a pattern of professional meetings that were little more than thin pretexts for sexual advances on young actresses and models. All sixteen said that the behavior was widely known within both Miramax and the Weinstein Company.
According to a Vocativ analysis of 1,369 Oscar acceptance speeches, Weinstein received more thanks than God. In fact, among thanks for specific figures from the podium, the only person who received more gratitude in acceptance speeches was director Steven Spielberg.
That’s about to change real fast.