Entertainment Harvey Weinstein: NYPD Launches Criminal Investigation into 2004 Sex Assault Allegation

17:52  12 october  2017
17:52  12 october  2017 Source:   People

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Meanwhile the FBI has opened an investigation into Harvey Weinstein for alleged sex crimes , DailyMail.com has exclusively learned on Wednesday. Lucia Evans claims Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him at his Tribeca offices in 2004 .

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The New York Police Department has launched a criminal investigation into Harvey Weinstein stemming from a assault allegation 13 years ago, PEOPLE confirms.

The NYPD is looking into claims that the embattled movie mogul sexually assaulted the victim in 2004, a police spokesperson tells PEOPLE.

Officials would not release further information on the alleged assault or the investigation. However, Lucia Stoller, now Lucia Evans, told the The New Yorker that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004.

“I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him,” she said. “He’s a big guy. He overpowered me.”

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Harvey Weinstein : New Yorker Investigation Bares Sexual Assault Allegations Against Mogul. The New Yorker expose takes what had been a litany of unsavory harassment complaints into potential criminal sexual assault territory.

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In response to several allegations made against Weinstein, including Evans’, in the New Yorker piece, a spokesperson for Weinstein said, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”

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Evans said Weinstein first approached her at a New York club when she was a college student. She said he began calling her repeatedly and had an assistant call her until Evans agreed to meet with Weinstein at his Manhattan Miramax office.

Evans claimed she was led to a secluded office where she was alone with Weinstein, and he soon allegedly began to demean her while telling her about movie scripts.

“At that point, after that, is when he assaulted me,” Evans told New Yorker. “He forced me to perform oral sex on him.”

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NYPD sources told CNN the department has no open investigations into Weinstein 's actions and no additional victims have come forward with accusations against him. "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein .

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She added: “I just sort of gave up. That’s the most horrible part of it, and that’s why he’s been able to do this for so long to so many women: people give up, and then they feel like it’s their fault.”

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In the years following the alleged assault, Evans said she was largely unable to talk about the incident — “I was disgusted with myself … It was always my fault for not stopping him,” she told the publication.

She said she developed “an eating problem” and concerned friends told her to seek help “because they thought I was going to kill myself.”

News of the investigation comes as the 65-year-old finds himself in the midst of an ongoing sexual harassment and abuse scandal with actresses including Cara Delevingne, Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Angelina Jolie speaking out against Weinstein’s alleged behavior.

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On the weekend, following The New York Times initial report about Harvey Weinstein ’s decades of sexual assault , The Weinstein Company confirmed first that They also announced via statement from their board that they had “plans to launch an internal investigation into the accusations”

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In a bombshell New York Times report last week, eight women accused him of acting inappropriately. The paper also reported that Weinstein reached private settlements with eight women, including actress Rose McGowan.

Weinstein issued a statement in which he apologized for his alleged actions and said he is “trying to do better.”

The Weinstein Company announced on Sunday that the Shakespeare in Love producer would be removed from his position. As Weinstein faced backlash, his high-powered attorney Lisa Bloom has resigned from her position as his advisor. Meanwhile, his wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, has announced she’s leaving him.

A source confirmed to PEOPLE that Weinstein had flown out of Los Angeles to enter a residential treatment facility. The producer was spotted boarding a private jet on Wednesday from the Van Nuys airport in California and landed in Arizona later that night.

This article was originally published on PEOPLE.com

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