Recent reports regarding Harvey Weinstein have spurred the New York Police Department to open a criminal investigation, Variety has confirmed.
The NYPD released the following statement: “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. No filed complaints have been identified as of this time and as always, the NYPD encourages anyone who may have information pertaining to this matter to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.”
This follows several bombshell reports, starting with one in the New York Times on Oct. 5, which detailed decades of sexual harassment allegations. The situation escalated when the New Yorker published an expose on Tuesday in which alleged three accounts of sexual assault.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office had previously investigated Weinstein in 2015 after Ambra Battilana Gutierrez went public with claims that the mogul had touched her breasts and put his hand up her skirt without her consent. The investigation went so far as to implement a sting operation that caught Weinstein on tape confessing to groping. The audio was not made public until it was obtained and published by the New Yorker. Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, Jr. ultimately decided not to press charges, which a police source told the New Yorker was a mistake.
The New Yorker story included an allegation that Weinstein forced actress Lucia Stoller to perform oral sex on him at his Tribeca office in 2004. Under New York law, that allegation, if true, would be a criminal sexual act in the first degree, which does not have a statute of limitations. Such a crime would be a Class B felony, punishable by a term of 5 to 25 years in prison.
Gene Maddaus contributed to this report.