Police in London and New York are checking complaints involving the disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, the latest turn in a scandal that has consumed Hollywood over allegations of sexual abuse and harassment, the New York Times reports. In the past week, investigations by the Times and the New Yorker reported allegations that he had sexually harassed or abused many current or former employees and other women over several decades. Police in Merseyside, England, said they had received the report “of an alleged sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s” on Wednesday, reportedly involving Weinstein, and referred it to the London police.
In New York, police are looking to interview actress Lucia Evans, who told The New Yorker that Weinstein had sexually assaulted her in his office in 2004. There is no statute of limitations for prosecution because she alleged that Weinstein had forced her to perform oral sex on him. Another New York case involving Weinstein involves an Italian model, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez. She told the police that in March 2015, Weinstein had groped her in his office, grabbing her breasts and putting his hand up her skirt. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., has been under fire for his office’s decision not to prosecute that case. “It’s obviously sickening,” he said. “But at the end of the day we operate in a courtroom of law, not the court of public opinion, and our sex crime prosecutors made a determination that this was not going to be a provable case.”