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NY cops 'are preparing to arrest Harvey Weinstein over sex allegations'

The movie producer has been disgraced by sexual harassment allegations The movie producer has been disgraced by sexual harassment allegations
Stacy Diaz | 09 March, 2018, 13:05

NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told the New York Daily News that they're still accumulating evidence, before referring the outlet to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance: "It's his case right now".

New York City's top investigator has confirmed that police have gathered substantial evidence in their case against Harvey Weinstein but that the case is now with the state's District Attorney.

Boyce then suggested that questions regarding the next step would be best addressed to Vance. 'I would ask you to ask him. his schedule. where it goes forward'. They have sought cellphone, business and medical records.

According to Boyce, witnesses were prepared to corroborate before a grand jury, which would decide if Harvey Weinstein is indicted. The proceeding is secret.

In a previous case in NY, the District Attorney declined to prosecute Weinstein despite model and actress Ambra Battilana Gutierrez in 2015 wearing a wire tap to meet with him.

Prosecutors have said they are taking the investigation seriously.

Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cara Delevingne are among the high-profile women who have made various claims of sexual harassment, assault, and rape by Weinstein towards them; Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

In 2015, cops conducted a sting after an Italian model accused Weinstein of groping her, secretly recording Weinstein apologising for the alleged assault.

One case that insiders say is especially strong is that of Lucia Evans, who had previously detailed her alleged Weinstein encounter in Ronan Farrow's 2017 New Yorker article. They had no additional comment by 7 March.

Vance ultimately decided there wasn't enough evidence and didn't charge the Hollywood bigwig.

'As alleged in our complaint, The Weinstein Company repeatedly broke NY law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination, ' said Schneiderman.