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Entertainment World News of Friday, 13 October 2017

Source: huffingtonpost.com

Harvey Weinstein sex assault allegation investigated - Scotland yard

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Police in London are investigating a sexual assault allegation against Harvey Weinstein, it has been confirmed.

The accusation was made to Merseyside Police and relates to an alleged assault in London in the 1980s.

It follows widespread sexual assault and harassment allegations against the film executive that have already led to his dismissal from the production company he co-founded.

A spokesman told HuffPost UK: “The Metropolitan Police Service was passed an allegation of sexual assault by Merseyside Police on Wednesday, 11 October.

“The allegation will be assessed by officers from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command.

“Being given this statement is not a confirmation of any name or profession media may attribute, or wish to attribute.”

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “We can confirm we received a report at 8.40am on Wednesday (11 October 2017) of an alleged sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s.

“The report has been referred to the Metropolitan Police.”

It comes as the New York Police Department confirmed to HuffPost that it is investigating an allegation of sexual assault from 2004.

An NYPD spokesperson told HuffPost that a complaint was “never filed” regarding the assault, but that police are now investigating what happened.

Additionally, Assistant Commissioner J. Peter Donald said that based on information published in recent news reports, the NYPD will be “conducting a review to determine if there are any additional complaints” related to Weinstein.

The growing number of allegations has led to calls for Weinstein to be stripped of his honorary CBE, awarded in 2004 for services to the British film industry as he worked on a string of films that won Oscars and BAFTAs.