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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 relates to an alleged sex attack in London in the 1980s, it has emerged
  • 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: 12:27 EDT, 12 October 2017

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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 which was passed to it by Merseyside Police yesterday.

A Met Police spokesman said: '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.' 

The is no indication 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 Metroplitan Police.' 

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

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

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'.

 

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