NEW YORK — An actress’ rape allegations towards film mogul Harvey Weinstein are credible, and investigators are gathering proof for a felony case, New York City police mentioned Friday.
Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce mentioned Friday that investigators have interviewed actress Paz de la Huerta. In an interview with CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan on Thursday, de la Huerta accused Weinstein of raping her twice in her condominium in 2010.
Boyce mentioned detectives discovered the “Boardwalk Empire” actress’ story plausible and corroborated parts of her account.
She referred to as police on Oct. 26, he mentioned.
The components that made her story credible included: “The ability to articulate each and every minute of the crime, where she was, where they met, where this happened and what he did,” he mentioned.
An electronic mail message despatched to Weinstein consultant Sallie Hofmeister was not instantly returned.
De la Huerta informed CBS News that the primary rape occurred in October 2010 after Weinstein gave her a trip residence from a celebration, insisted on having a drink in her condominium and compelled himself on her. “He pushed me on the bed … and it happened all very suddenly,” she mentioned.
She mentioned the second rape occurred in December 2010 after Weinstein got here to her condominium. De la Huerta had been consuming and was not in a situation to provide consent, she informed CBS News.
Speaking at a police briefing Friday, Boyce mentioned of Weinstein: “If this person was still in New York, and it was recent, we’d go right away and make the arrest. No doubt. But we’re talking about a 7-year-old case. And we have to move forward gathering evidence first.”
Investigators may search an arrest warrant, which requires a courtroom order, or hand the proof over to prosecutors to place the allegations to a grand jury to hunt an indictment.
The Manhattan district lawyer’s workplace mentioned a senior prosecutor has been badigned to research allegations however did not remark additional.
The investigation comes a month after The New York Times printed an expose of badual harbadment allegations towards Weinstein, resulting in his firing from the corporate he co-founded and his expulsion from the group that bestows the Academy Awards.
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