The NYPD is re-examing a 2004 allegation of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein.
A spokesperson for the NYPD tells The Blast, “Based on information referenced in published news reports, the NYPD is conducting a review to determine if there are any additional complaints relating to the Harvey Weinstein matter. No filed complaints have been identified as of this time and as always, the NYPD encourages anyone who may have information pertaining to this matter to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.”
Lucia Evans, as part of the damning report in the New Yorker this week, claims that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him at his office in New York City. “I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,'” she told the mag. “I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.”
If it is found that any of Weinstein’s prior actions rise to the level of a felony sex crime, a law passed in New York in 2006 removed the five-year statute of limitations on those crimes.
A police source told the New York Daily News, “We will make a reasonable effort to look at the allegations. If there are victims out there, they should come forward.”
As The Blast first reported, Weinstein brought on criminal defense powerhouses Blair Berk and David Chesnoff in case criminal charges are handed down.