New York City police say gathering evidence for possible Weinstein arrest warrant

FILE PHOTO: Harvey Weinstein attends the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi
FILE PHOTO: Harvey Weinstein kicks off the Film Finance Circle conference with an informal discussion at the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi, UAE on October 15, 2007. REUTERS/Steve Crisp/File Photo

November 3, 2017

(Reuters) – The New York City Police Department said on Friday that it had a credible narrative from an unidentified woman who has made a rape allegation against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and was gathering evidence for a possible arrest warrant.

Reuters requests for comment from Weinstein’s representative and his lawyer were not immediately answered.

New York City Police Department Deputy Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told a news conference that the alleged victim “put forth a credible and detailed narrative.”

“We have an actual case here,” Boyce said. He said the police department became aware of the accusation on October 25.

Boyce said it was a seven-year-old case and “we have to move forward gathering evidence.”

Boyce said that because Weinstein was out of state the police department would need a court-ordered warrant for any arrest.

More than 50 women have claimed that Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them over the past three decades. Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone. Reuters has been unable to independently confirm any of the allegations.

Boyce said police had spoken to the woman and “we found corroboration along the way.”

He said the NYPD was working on the case with the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

“Right now he (Weinstein) poses no threat to anybody in New York City. He’s out of state. So it’s a continuing investigation,” Boyce told the news conference.

Earlier on Friday, in response to media reports, Joan Vollero, a spokeswoman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., told Reuters, “A senior sex crimes prosecutor is assigned to this investigation, and the Office has been working with our partners in the NYPD since the new allegations came to light.”

Police in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and London have also said they are investigating sexual assault allegations against Weinstein but no charges have been brought against him.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant)

  • A marcus Young

    BREAKING: The New York police are secretly organizing to serve a warrant. Shhh don’t tell anyone….

  • John Degel

    Hooray for Harveywood.

  • Thor Valhalla

    Better pull his passport before the fat Jew bolts the country like Hillary and Obama.

  • swifty656

    Why would NYC arrest him? He is just like the rest of them in that town. He has gotten caught.

  • bucketnutz

    Alec Baldwin will be Harvey’s body-double in the Movie and maybe in prison too.

    • A marcus Young

      Alec is a jack ass

  • Sylvia Avila

    Time to make an arrest and make this Evil Devil an example of what happens to Molesters! Bill Clinton better watch out, this victims could come out at any time. NO! More disrespecting women, time to stand up against these Evil people. Time to Boycott Hollywood and their Evil Bohemian ways!

  • EjB

    I still don’t understand how the NYPD can have a case after 7 years with no rape kit and no witnesses. Even if the woman is telling the god’s honest truth, why did she wait so long? The NYPD is usually a lot more thorough than this.

  • Swampdrainer

    Aren’t sanctuary cities supposed to protect men who do bad things to women? Aw shucks, forgot Sweinstein isn’t an illegal immigrant.

  • Terry

    Weinstein will soon join the Polanski Club in Europe.

  • Buck Ofama

    And where is Cap’n Splooge these days?

  • Swede

    He is going down. That is 1,000 to go..
    He is a jew too.

  • Tado

    What is the prosecutable proof?
    None but verbal allegations.

    • Disgusted Caucasian

      But those allegations are from oppressed women that have/has been used as sexual tools for their male oppressors…..surely you want to come to their defense in their time of need…don’t you???

      • Tado

        “in their time of need”?
        Where were you when they needed you?
        Where was I?
        But, they didn’t yell for help – before, during, or right after?
        Years later now, why needle me with the same question?
        Be sane.

    • Terry

      Thanks for making us laugh.