Another actress has come forward with sexual assault allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. According to Deadline, Paz de la Huerta has accused Weinstein of rape. Law enforcement sources tell the site that the New York Police Department is investigating the case.
Weinstein has not commented on this new allegation, but his representatives have consistently denied that he has committed any criminal wrongdoing. According to People, Weinstein's former attorney called the initial accusations that first broke in a New York Times story "patently false."
De la Huerta, who appeared on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, said that the former Weinstein Company co-founder raped her twice in late 2010.
“We are aware of the sexual assault complaints,” the NYPD’s Sgt. Brendan Ryan said in a statement on Thursday. “We are actively investigating them. The NYPD continues to work with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office on the case,” he added. “The investigation is on-going.”
De la Huerta told CBS about the incident. She says that October 2010, Weinstein offered to give her a ride home to her apartment in New York City after a party. Inside the apartment, the actress says Weinstein forced himself on her. "He pushed me on the bed ... and it happened all very suddenly," she said. She says she confronted Weinstein at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles about a month later as he kept calling her. On Dec. 23, she alleges that Weinstein showed up in the lobby of her apartment and they went upstairs. That's when she says that he raped her a second time.
The photo above was taken at a party on December 13, 2010 in New York City.
This allegation comes on the heels of multiple women accusing Weinstein of sexual abuse, ranging from harassment to rape. As CBS shares, Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow are among the 50-plus complaints against Weinstein.
Authorities have said this is an ongoing investigation. "A senior sex crimes prosecutor is assigned to this investigation, and the Office has been working with our partners in the NYPD since the new allegations came to light," said the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr's office in a statement. "As this is an active investigation, we will not be commenting further."
Weinstein was fired from his post at the company he co-founded with his brother. He was also removed from the producers guild and the organization that gives out the Academy Awards.
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