Scotland Yard Investigating Five Sexual Assault And Rape Claims Against Harvey Weinstein

The famous state detective agency is looking into five separate claims of abuse and rape.

Scotland Yard, the U.K.'s federal investigation agency, says it's looking into five claims against Harvey Weinstein made by three separate women, including at least one claim of forcible rape.

The agency says at least four of the alleged attacks happened in London, in 1992, 2010, 2011 and 2015, but were only recently reported. They're also looking into a fifth assault, from the late 1980s, reported to the London Metropolitan police, but never investigated.

“On 11 October, Merseyside police referred an allegation of sexual assault to the Metropolitan Police Service,” a Scotland Yard spokesman told media Monday. “It is alleged that a man sexually assaulted a woman in the late 1980s in west London. On 14 October, further allegations were made against the same man. It is alleged that the man sexually assaulted a woman in Westminster in 2010 and 2011, and in Camden in 2015.”

The 2010, 2011 and 2015 claims were all made by the same victim, who remains unnamed. The 1992 sexual assault complaint appears to be from a different victim, a former Miramax employee going by the pseudonym, Sarah Smith, who claims Weinstein raped her in the basement of Miramax's west London office.

These two allegations are in addition to a third claim made by British television actress Lysette Anthony, who says she became friendly with Weinstein in the early 1980s, but alleges that several years into their relationship, Weinstein raped her at her home in London, an attack she says left her “disgusted and embarrassed.”

Weinstein's representatives say he "unequivocally denies" all of the allegations.

But although Weinstein has mostly suffered financial and personal damage from the fallout so far, it may not be long before even American authorities begin sniffing around. Detectives in New York say they're looking into several incidents involving Weinstein, including a 2004 allegation of "forced oral copulation," and a "more recent" allegation of sexual groping.

So far, authorities in Los Angeles say they haven't received any official complaints.


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