On Wednesday, the New York Police Department’s Chief of Detectives, Robert Boyce, said that they are ready to make an arrest in the sexual assault against disgraced mogul, Harvey Weinstein.
“We are still accumulating evidence, it’s going very very well,” said Boyce during a press conference. “We have a lot of information, we have people who are getting ready to go to grand jury.”
However, when asked when such an arrest might occur, Boyce said that the decision now lies with Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr.
This statement was echoed by an unnamed police official who said that the NYPD is ready to go ahead with the arrest as soon as it’s approved by the district attorney.
Boyce said that investigators have been working closely with women who accused Weinstein of rape.
The NYPD investigation commenced in October, after Boardwalk Empire actress, Paz de la Huerta, publicly said that Weinstein raped her twice in 2010. Singer, Lucia Evans, had also accused the movie producer of rape, recounting her 2004. According to Evans, she met the mogul as a college student and he forced her to perform oral sex. Evans later told her story to NYPD’s Special Victims Unit.
Ever since the October revelation, detectives have been dispatched to Los Angeles and Paris to interview several of Weinstein’s alleged victims, while also getting a hold of phone, business, and medical records. In addition, the Los Angeles district attorney’s office is currently reviewing five additional cases against Weinstein. Two of the cases were brought by the Beverly Hills Police Department and three from the LAPD.
Weinstein’s attorneys have said repeatedly that all claims of non-consensual sex brought against the mogul are false, and that they would respond in any “appropriate legal forum, where necessary.
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