UK police widen Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse investigation

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FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, producer Harvey Weinstein participates in the "War and Peace" panel at the A&E 2016 Winter TCA in Pasadena, Calif. Weinstein has been fired from The Weinstein Co., effective immediately, following new information revealed regarding his conduct, the company's board of directors announced Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

UK police widen Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse investigation

Scotland Yard investigating alleged assaults by Hollywood film producer on seven women between late 1980s and 2015

The Metropolitan police have widened their investigation into Harvey Weinstein and are looking into allegations of sexual assault on seven women.

Officers working on Operation Kaguyak are investigating alleged crimes said to have taken place between the late 1980s and 2015. They were all reported to the the Met between 12 and 28 October.

The earliest alleged sexual assault by Weinstein in the UK is said to have happened in west London in the late 1980s. A second victim alleged she was sexually assaulted in Westminster in 1992, a third in 1994 and a fourth in the mid-1990s.
Two victims alleged they were sexually assaulted three times by the Hollywood film producer. One woman said she was assaulted in 2010, 2011 and 2015. Another said she was assaulted by Weinstein first outside the UK in 2012, and then in Westminster in 2013 and 2014.

The seventh complainant says she was attacked outside the UK in the 1980s. That complaint will be passed to the relevant foreign police authorities, alongside any other alleged attacks that took place outside the UK.

No arrests have been made. Weinstein has denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.

Police in the US have said they are also investigating allegations against Weinstein.

Harvey Weinstein has been handed a lifetime ban by the Producers Guild of America, as allegations of sexual assault and harassment continue to be made against the film industry mogul.

The PGA, which represents film, TV and new media producers across the US, announced the decision on 30 October after its board voted unanimously to expel Weinstein.

“In light of Mr Weinstein’s widely reported behaviour, with new reports continuing to surface even now, the Producers Guild’s national board has voted unanimously to enact a lifetime ban on Mr Weinstein, permanently barring him from PGA membership,” the statement said. “This unprecedented step is a reflection of the seriousness with which the guild regards the numerous reports of Mr Weinstein’s decades of reprehensible conduct. Sexual harassment can no longer be tolerated in our industry or within the ranks of Producers Guild membership.”

The PGA added that Weinstein had opted to resign from the guild on 16 October rather than face expulsion – a decision which a statement from the PGA described as an “unprecedented step”.

The PGA news came as the New York Times detailed four additional allegations of sexual misconduct against the producer, two of which date to the 1970s. Hope Exiner d’Amore claims that Weinstein raped her in a hotel in Buffalo, New York, in the 70s, when he was working as a concert promoter. Actor Cynthia Burr, meanwhile, claims that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex in a hotel hallway in the late 70s.

The New York Times also reported allegations made against Weinstein by dancer Ashley Matthau, who claims that Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 2004 and later paid her $100,000 to prevent her from speaking out. A fourth woman, Lacey Dorn, said that Weinstein grabbed her crotch at a party in 2011. A spokesperson for the producer has said that he “unequivocally denies” all allegations of non-consensual sex.

More than 90 women have alleged assault or harassment by Weinstein, who is being investigated by police in New York, London and Los Angeles. The producer has been expelled by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, while the Directors Guild of America are said to also be in the process of expelling him.

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