NYPD ready to arrest Harvey Weinstein, awaiting DA's go-ahead

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Chief Robert Boyce admitted that he and his team had worked with a number of women who alleged that they had been raped by Weinstein; a report filed by Boardwalk Empire actress Paz De La Huerta is thought to have been the catalyst for the probe.

The NYPD is prepared to cuff the disgraced movie mogul for felony sexual assault, but is now waiting for the green light from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance to do so. The grand jury would determine whether Weinstein is indicted, Boyce said.

Meanwhile, Weinstein's attorneys have claimed that he denied any claim of non-consensual sex and that they are willing to respond in any necessary legal forum.

Most recently Uma Thurman, 47, came forward as a Weinstein accuser, claiming he'd assaulted her after they worked together on the 1994 film Pulp Fiction. In the end, "he overpowered me", she told The New Yorker. After the criticism over the last year's decision, the prosecutors said that the police arranged the sting without their knowledge and other proof issues existed too, but the police pushed back saying that they would present enough evidence.

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.

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

Vance ultimately decided there wasn't enough proof and didn't bring a case.

They had no further comment to add in light of the NYPD's statement yesterday.

Boyce stated that all the investigators have been working hard with the women who allegedly claimed that Weinstein had raped them.

State attorney general Eric Schneiderman said the lawsuit, filed in the State Supreme Court in NY, included new allegations about Weinstein's "vicious and exploitative mistreatment" of employees.

But that is just the tip of the iceberg of Weinstein's legal troubles.



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