Wednesday 23 May 2018

NYPD gathering evidence to arrest Harvey Weinstein after actress Paz de la Huerta's 'credible' rape claims

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Actress Paz de la Huerta
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New York police are gathering evidence to arrest Harvey Weinsten after actress Paz de la Huerta claims the disgraced movie boss raped her twice in 2010.

The Boardwalk Empire actress told CBS News that the incidents took place months apart at her home in New York City.

Ms de la Huerta filed a police report and the New York Police Department has now opened an investigation into her claims.

Speaking at a press conference in Manhattan today, police said they are working to build a strong criminal case to arrest Weinsiten, who is currently in Arizona undergoing therapy.

Actress Paz de la Huerta
Actress Paz de la Huerta

NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Ms de la Huerta's case was credible because of her "ability to articulate each movement of the crime, where she was, where this happened".

"We have an actual case going forward," Chief Boyce said. "If this person was still in New York and it was recent we would go right away and make the arrest, no doubt. But we're talking about a seven-year-old case. And we have to move forward gathering evidence."

Police in London and Los Angeles are also investigating allegations against Weinsten, who has been accused of sexual assault or harassment by more than 90 women.

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