Harvey Weinstein being investigated by US and UK police

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

Warning: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct that some readers may find triggering.

Harvey Weinstein is the subject of simultaneous investigations by police in both the US and the UK.

The one-time Hollywood mogul has been accused of historic sexual misconduct by stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne, Ashley Judd and Lea Seydoux over the last week.

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Now, BBC News reports that the London Metropolitan Police are investigating an allegation of sexual assault dating back to the 1980s after being tipped off by the Merseyside Police.

A spokesperson for the Merseyside Police confirmed on Thursday (October 12) that it received a report of an "an alleged sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s".

Meanwhile, the New York Police Department has said that it is actively "looking to speak" with an unnamed person who made an allegation against Weinstein relating to a 2004 incident.

"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," the NYPD's Assistant Commissioner J Peter Donald said. "No filed complaints have been identified as of this time."

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Harvey Weinstein's spokesperson has not directly responded to these police investigations, but offered a blanket denial of "any allegations of non-consensual sex" earlier this week.

In an interview with TMZ on Wednesday, Weinstein acknowledged that he is "not doing okay" but is determined to "get help" after being fired from his own production company and separating from wife Georgina Chapman.

"I'm hanging in – I'm trying my best," he added.

Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of sexual violence. If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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