Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is now under investigation by the Los Angeles Police for rape allegations.
"The Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division has interviewed a potential sexual assault victim involving Harvey Weinstein which allegedly occurred in 2013," LAPD officer Sal Ramirez said in a statement released on Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times reports. "The case is under investigation."
An Italian woman, whose name has not been released, met with police on Thursday. She claimed that Weinstein assaulted her after a fashion and film event at a Beverly Hills Hotel four years ago,
"He grabbed me by the hair and forced me to do something I did not want to do," she told The Times.
Weinstein’s representative reacted to the new accusation with the following statement: "Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but he unequivocally denies allegations of nonconsensual sex.”
Earlier this month, The New York Times published an expose on Weinstein detailing numerous allegations of sexual harassment and coverups of the misconduct from multiple victims. Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan and Gwyneth Paltrow are some of the many stars who claim they were harassed or assaulted.
Not long after those accusations were made public, Weinstein was fired from his own film company. An article published by The New Yorker claims that three women said they were raped by Weinstein. Four additional women claimed they were touched against their wishes. And more women keep coming forward.
"My client is grateful to all the courageous women who have already come forward to finally expose Weinstein," attorney David Ring said. "These women may not have realized it, but they gave my client the support and encouragement to hold Weinstein accountable for this horrible act."
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