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London police investigate Hollywood's Harvey Weinstein

  • Movie mogul has faced an avalanche of claims of sexual impropriety this week
  • It emerged today that an allegation of sexual assault has been made to UK police
  • The claim to police relates to an alleged sex attack in London in the 1980s
  • New York police are also examining whether any historic claims have been made 

By Richard Spillett and Shekhar Bhatia for MailOnline

Published: 12:01 EDT, 12 October 2017 | Updated: 15:02 EDT, 12 October 2017

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is being investigated by the Met Police over a allegation of a sexual assault from the 1980s
Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is being investigated by the Met Police over a allegation of a sexual assault from the 1980s

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is being investigated by the Met Police over a allegation of a sexual assault from the 1980s

Scotland Yard is investigating Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein over alleged sexual abuse in the UK, it emerged this afternoon.

The Met Police is reviewing an allegation against the movie mogul dating back to the 1980s after Merseyside Police received a tip-off and referred it to them.

It comes amid an avalanche of claims of sexual impropriety made against the 65-year-old by some of the movie industry's most famous actresses in the last few days.

A Met Police spokesman said this afternoon: 'We can confirm the Metropolitan Police Service was passed an allegation of sexual assault by Merseyside Police on Wednesday, 11 October. 

'The allegation will be assessed by officers from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command.' 

There is no suggestion the allegation relates to child abuse.

A spokesman for police in Liverpool said: 'Merseyside Police can confirm a report was received at 8.40am on Wednesday of an alleged sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s. The report has been referred to the Metropolitan Police.' 

The police investigation follows allegations of rape made by three women against the movie mogul in an article in the New Yorker and a string of sexual harassment allegations from women who worked with him, with model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne and Kate Beckinsale the latest stars to speak out.

Weinstein has had a glittering career in charge of one of Hollywood's biggest film companies
Weinstein has had a glittering career in charge of one of Hollywood's biggest film companies

Weinstein has had a glittering career in charge of one of Hollywood's biggest film companies

Among the actresses to accuse Weinstein of unwanted approaches is Kate Beckinsale. There is no suggestion she is behind the allegation made to British police
Among the actresses to accuse Weinstein of unwanted approaches is Kate Beckinsale. There is no suggestion she is behind the allegation made to British police
Among the actresses to accuse Weinstein of unwanted approaches is Gwyneth Paltrow. There is no suggestion she is behind the allegation made to British police
Among the actresses to accuse Weinstein of unwanted approaches is Gwyneth Paltrow. There is no suggestion she is behind the allegation made to British police

Among the actresses to accuse Weinstein of unwanted approaches are Kate Beckinsale (left) and Gwyneth Paltrow (right). There is no suggestion either are behind the allegation made to British police

The Met Police is not the only force examining sex abuse claims against Weinstein, with the New York Police Department announcing today they are taking a fresh look into potential sexual assault allegations against the producer.

NYPD spokesman Peter Donald said today that investigators are trying to determine whether there were any additional complaints involving Weinstein.

That includes reviewing police files to see if any women previously reported being assaulted or harassed by him.

So far, no filed complaints have been found, he said, other than one well-known case that prompted an investigation in 2015.

More than a dozen women - including actresses Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow - have told The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine that Weinstein had sexually harassed or sexually assaulted them.

Weinstein was fired by The Weinstein Co, a studio he co-founded with his brother, on Sunday and said today that he 'needed help'.

The scandal-hit producer barked demands for 'a second chance' at photographers today
The scandal-hit producer barked demands for 'a second chance' at photographers today

The scandal-hit producer barked demands for 'a second chance' at photographers today

He said: 'I gotta get help. You know what, we all make mistakes ... A second chance, I hope'
He said: 'I gotta get help. You know what, we all make mistakes ... A second chance, I hope'
He said: 'I gotta get help. You know what, we all make mistakes ... A second chance, I hope'
He said: 'I gotta get help. You know what, we all make mistakes ... A second chance, I hope'

He said: 'I gotta get help. You know what, we all make mistakes ... A second chance, I hope'

Earlier, the disgraced producer told reporters 'I'm not doing OK' but 'we all make mistakes' as he was filmed for the first time since the scandal broke.

Weinstein appeared, dressed in a black T-shirt and scruffy jeans, leaving his daughter's house in Los Angeles.

Cara Delevigne wrote on her Instagram page about a meeting with Weinstein in which he 'asked her to kiss another woman'
Cara Delevigne wrote on her Instagram page about a meeting with Weinstein in which he 'asked her to kiss another woman'

Cara Delevigne wrote on her Instagram page about a meeting with Weinstein in which he 'asked her to kiss another woman'

Asked how he was, the producer said: 'I'm trying my best... I'm not doing OK but I'm trying.'

He added: 'I gotta get help. You know what, we all make mistakes ... A second chance, I hope.'

And he added: 'I've always been loyal to you guys. Not like those f****** pricks that treat you like s***. I've been a good guy.'

The producer, who is thought to be on his way to a rehab facility and whose wife has announced she is leaving him, was then driven away.

Weinstein's spokesman has previously said about other claims: 'Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied.' 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hosts the Oscars, described the sexual abuse allegations against Weinstein as 'repugnant' and 'abhorrent', and said it would meet on Saturday to discuss any action to be taken.

Bafta also announced it had suspended his membership.

 

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