Friday 23 August 2019

Harvey Weinstein investigated by fourth police force after ‘multiple complaints’

Film-maker James Toback is also being investigated by the Beverly Hills Police Department, which said it had received “multiple complaints” about both men.

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

By Sam Blewett, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Harvey Weinstein is being investigated by a fourth police department after officers in Beverly Hills received “multiple complaints” about the disgraced producer.

The Beverly Hills Police Department made the announcement on Tuesday night, adding to investigations in the UK and elsewhere in the US.

The force also said it is investigating James Toback, the film-maker who has reportedly been accused of sexual harassment by more than 200 women, including actresses Julianne Moore, Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams.

James Toback

Police in Beverly Hills said no more information would be given about either of the investigations, but released statements saying “multiple complaints” had “recently” been made about both men.

The Metropolitan Police are investigating 11 separate allegations of sexual assault against Weinstein from seven different women.

They are alleged to have occurred during a time period spanning from the 1980s to 2015.

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating an allegation of rape from an Italian actress, while detectives in New York are also investigating the 65-year-old, who has denied allegations of non-consensual sex.

More than 200 women came forward to The Los Angeles Times to accuse Toback of sexual harassment after it first published 38 claims against the Academy Award-nominated writer of 1991’s Bugsy.

Toback, 72, denied the women’s accounts to the paper, saying he had not met them but added if he had it “was for five minutes and have no recollection”.

He could not be contacted after fresh allegations emerged.

Cruel Intentions and Hellboy star Blair and Oscar-nominee McAdams, 38, told Vanity Fair that Toback harassed them during auditions for his film Harvard Man in 1999.

Blair, 45, said he stimulated himself against her leg and then intimidated her into silence.

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