Weinstein: New York City police investigate 'credible' rape claim

Kelly Massey
November 4, 2017

When asked about de la Huerta's allegations, Sgt. Brendan Ryan of the New York Police Department told Variety in a statement, "We are aware of the sexual assault complaints".

De la Huerta, who has appeared in "A Walk to Remember" and the HBO drama "Boardwalk Empire", alleges Weinstein raped her in her apartment on two separate occasions in 2010.

It was in November 2010 that he allegedly raped her for the first time.

Detectives say her story is believable and have corroborated parts of her story.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce elaborated on DiGaudio's remarks in a news conference for reporters Friday, saying, "We would need an arrest warrant to arrest him, so as of right now, we're gathering our evidence". "No doubt", Boyce said. "But we're talking about a 7-year-old case". This happened seven years ago, and we found corroboration along the way. She told the publication that Weinstein then started to kiss her, and after she tried to brush him away, he pushed her onto the bed, with his trousers down, and lifted up her skirt.

When they arrived at her apartment, the actress said he demanded to go inside for a drink.

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According to the Times, "The theater had agreed to reimburse Mr. Weinstein and other investors for a $1.25 million payment and $500,000 charitable contribution toward the show if they could get third parties to donate those amounts, according to records of the arrangement".

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.

The latest sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein could result in the first criminal charges against the movie mogul, an NYPD source familiar with the investigation told CNN.

A person who answered the phone and said he was a manager at the Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions restaurant in Phoenix said Weinstein dined there Thursday night. Police investigated it as a possible case of forcible touching, a misdemeanor with a two-year time limit for bringing charges under NY law.

The Manhattan district attorney's office has a senior prosecutor assigned to investigate de la Huerta's rape claims, AP reported. "The NYPD continues to work with the Manhattan District Attorney's office on the case".

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