The New York Police Department’s chief of detectives, Robert Boyce, told reporters Friday that the NYPD had received a “credible rape allegation” against Harvey Weinstein and are gathering evidence for an arrest warrant, according to the AP.
BREAKING: NYC police say they have a credible rape allegation against Harvey Weinstein, are gathering evidence for possible arrest.
— AP Eastern U.S. (@APEastRegion) November 3, 2017
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill joined Boyce for the public announcement Friday. According to Boyce, “she put forth a credible and detailed narrative, we found corroboration…. we have an actual case here.” However, given that the events in question occurred 7 years ago, and Weinstein does not currently reside in New York, the NYPD is taking time to gather evidence before seeking an arrest warrant.
Other reports allege that the NYPD tried to bring a misdemeanor case of forcible touching against Weinstein in 2015, but the district attorney concluded that the charges were not supported.
According to the LA Times, the Los Angeles police are also investigating allegations against Weinstein,
In Los Angeles, police are investigating an Italian model-actress’ allegation that Weinstein forced her to have sex with him in her hotel room in 2013. It is the first case related to Weinstein to be reported to police in Southern California.
On Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department said it was investigating allegations made by a second woman. A department spokesman did not provide details about the claims but said the incident occurred in 2013. The LAPD described the alleged behavior as lewd conduct.
Beverly Hills police have opened at least two investigations into Weinstein. They did not provide details of the investigations but urged anyone who believes themselves to be a victim to come forward.
Weinstein’s representative, Sallie Hofmeister, has repeatedly stated that Weinstein “unequivocally denies allegations of non-consensual sex.”