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NY police say they're building a rape case against Harvey Weinstein

05 November 2017, 01:31 | Lowell Little

Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has said that they are building a "credible" case to detain embattled film producer Harvey Weinstein for the rape of actress Paz de la Huerta in the Big Apple in 2010. Chief of Detectives Bob Boyce says Weinstein would be arrested if it was a recent case and he was in NY.

Ms De La Huerta told Vanity Fair Magazine that she first met Mr Weinstein when she was 14 and the attacks took place when she was 26. He also said that detectives had corroborated parts of her account, the Associated Press reported. "If this person was still in NY and it was recent we would go right away and make the arrest, no doubt. No doubt", Boyce said. "We're happy with where the case is right now".

The 33-year-old met the disgraced Oscar victor at a party in October, 2010, and the pair shared a ride home together, she told CBS News. She has publicly accused Weinstein of raping her twice in her apartment in 2010 and called police about it on October 26. The actress said she'd been drinking at the time and was scared of Weinstein.

She joins dozens of women who have already leveled allegations of sexual abuse against Weinstein.

Boyce's comments Friday offered a significant signal that Weinstein, whose public downfall helped spur the wave of other accusations, could face criminal charges.

Evidence against Weinstein may be delivered to a judge, in order for police to obtain an arrest warrant, or the evidence could go to a grand jury, if police decide to pursue an indictment.

But Boyce said detectives were working collaboratively with the district attorney's office on this case.

Officers have received 11 separate allegations of sexual assault on dates ranging from the 1980s to 2015, both in London and outside the United Kingdom.

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