Harvey Weinstein is unlikely to face sexual assault charges in Los Angeles because investigators are struggling to find evidence in numerous cases
Harvey Weinstein is unlikely to face sexual assault charges in Los Angeles because investigators are struggling to find evidence in numerous cases, it was reported on Friday.
LAPD detectives assigned to the multiple investigations of Weinstein have yet to gather enough evidence that prosecutors can use to bring an indictment, sources told TMZ.
The fact that these alleged crimes took place years ago makes it especially hard for police to amass evidence.
‘It’s all one-on-one,’ a law enforcement source familiar with the LAPD investigations told TMZ.
‘The woman says she was sexually assaulted or raped and he denies it. Even if the woman told others after the fact, it’s just not enough.’
When the alleged crimes took place, there simply wasn’t the level of public surveillance that there is today, sources told TMZ.
‘If there was video of a woman leaving Weinstein’s hotel room crying, that would be powerful, but most of the hotels back then didn’t have video and if they did, it was erased a long time ago,’ TMZ quoted a source as saying.
Police also do not have a medical report that includes evidence of rape or sexual assault.
In October, an Italian model-actress alleged that Weinstein raped her in a hotel in 2013. The woman, who has not been identified, told the LAPD that the incident took place inside her hotel room at the Mr C Beverly Hills (seen above)
A report that would offer an indication of vaginal tearing, for example, would greatly aid the police investigation. However, no such report has yet to surface.
As things stand now, the district attorney will decline to prosecute the cases – even though authorities in LA are reportedly eager to try a high profile figure in a sex crimes case in order to ‘make a point,’ according to TMZ.
In October, an Italian model-actress spoke to LAPD detectives for over two hours during which she alleged that Weinstein raped her in a hotel in 2013.
The woman, who has not been identified, told the LAPD that the incident took place inside her hotel room at the Mr C Beverly Hills.
Actor Ed Westwick (seen above at the People’s Choice Awards 2016 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles) is being investigated by the LAPD for allegedly raping an actress, Kristina Cohen (right), at his home three years ago
‘He … bullied his way into my hotel room, saying, “I’m not going to [have sex with] you, I just want to talk”,’ the alleged victim told the Los Angeles Times.
‘Once inside, he asked me questions about myself, but soon became very aggressive and demanding and kept asking to see me naked.’
The actress then stated: ‘He grabbed me by the hair and forced me to do something I did not want to do. He then dragged me to the bathroom and forcibly raped me.’
She is keeping her identity private at this time for the sake of her three children, and reveals that she showed Weinstein photos of them at one point during the alleged assault in hopes that it would convince him to stop.
She is the sixth woman to accuse Weinstein of rape, joining actresses Rose McGowan, Asia Argento and Lysette Anthony, then-college student Lucia Evans and an unnamed woman who detailed her alleged assault in The New Yorker.
Weinstein has denied the allegations.
Last month, the LA Times reported that the LAPD launched a second investigation against Weinstein.
An unidentified woman came forward to accuse the film producer of lewd acts that were allegedly committed in 2015. No further details of the alleged crime were forthcoming.
Murray Miller (left), a writer for the HBO dramedy Girls, is also the subject of an LAPD investigation after an actress came forward to allege he raped her in 2012
The cases involving Weinstein aren’t the only ones that are proving difficult for investigators.
TMZ says that the LAPD is running into the same problems in its other probes.
The LAPD is also investigating claims that Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick raped an actress at his home three years ago.
The department also confirmed it is investigating actor Corey Feldman’s claims about a Hollywood pedophile ring.
Murray Miller, a writer for the HBO dramedy Girls, is also the subject of an LAPD investigation after an actress came forward to allege he raped her in 2012.
The LAPD also confirmed it is investigating actor Corey Feldman’s claims about a Hollywood pedophile ring. Feldman is seen above during an appearance on NBC television in October
In late October, 20-year-old actor Tyler Cornell filed a criminal complaint against former Hollywood agent Tyler Grasham, the LA Times reported.
Grasham has been accused of criminal sodomy by Cornell as well as other young men. He is also being investigated by authorities in the United Kingdom for similar alleged crimes.
Last month, the LA Times reported that the LAPD has opened 28 investigations against Hollywood and media figures who have been accused of sex crimes.
In addition, the department has referred nearly 40 other sex crimes reports to other law enforcement agencies.
In addition to LA, Weinstein is being investigated in New York, Beverly Hills, and London.
Scores of women have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sex crimes ranging from assault, rape, harassment, and others.
Since the Weinstein allegations surfaced thanks to bombshell reports in The New York Times and The New Yorker, hundreds of women and a handful of men have come forward to make similar accusations against powerful figures in Hollywood, the media, politics, sports, and other industries.