LA district attorney reviewing Harvey Weinstein cases from police

Jeremy B White

Prosecutors in Los Angeles are reviewing multiple cases against Harvey Weinstein, who has faced allegations of sexual assault but not criminal charges.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said “two cases have been presented to our office by the Beverly Hills Police Department regarding Weinstein and are under review".

It was not clear what allegations underlay the Beverly Hills Police Department’s investigation of Weinstein.

“We’re not releasing any details about the allegations” while the cases are under review, Beverly Hills Police Department spokesman Elisabeth Albanese said.

Numerous women have accused Weinstein of sexual assault or harassment, but none of those allegations have yet produced charges against the former Hollywood mogul. Through a representative, Weinstein has “unequivocally” denied allegations of non-consensual relationships.

While multiple law enforcement agencies have said they were investigating claims made against Weinstein, the Beverly Hills Police Department forwarding information to the district attorney’s office moves a step closer to prosecutors deciding whether to bring charges

In early November, New York City Department Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said investigators were building a strong rape case against Weinstein after actress Paz de La Huerta shared a “credible and detailed” narrative that they were able to corroborate.

But that effort was complicated by the time elapsed since the alleged crime, Mr Boyce said, and the fact that Weinstein did not live in New York.

“If this person was still in New York and it was recent, we would go right away and make the arrest — no doubt,” he told reporters

Authorities in London have also said they were examining allegations against Weinstein.