Harvey Weinstein could be heading to prison.
The New York Police Department said on Thursday that the embattled movie mogul is the subject of a newly opened investigation following an incident in 2004 when he allegedly forced a college student to perform oral sex on him at his Manhattan office.
Lucia Evans (nee Stoller) told The New Yorker that the summer before her senior year, Weinstein met her at a club and asked her to come in for a meeting at his office.
Soon after she arrived, she claims that Weinstein took of his pants and shoved her face into his crotch, overpowering her until she acquiesced to his demands.
Evans may now get her day in court to stand up to her alleged accuser should any assault and rape charges being filed against Weinstein at the close of the investigation.
The department did not have a timeline yet for how long it might take to gather all the necessary evidence.
‘The NYPD is conducting a review to determine if there are any additional complaints relating to the Harvey Weinstein matter,’ a spokesperson said in a statement to DailyMail.com.
That individual then added however that ‘no filed complaints have been identified as of this time.’
In the last case prepared by the NYPD in 2015 following a groping incident that Weinstein admitted to on tape, the district attorney’s office did not pursue a case.
‘Friends -your support means the world. Keep it coming. Media -I will not be doing interviews at this time. Pls respect my family’s privacy,’ wrote Evans on Twitter Thursday.
When she was pressed by one follower, she reiterated: ‘No comment.’
Weinstein, who is believed to have arrived at rehab in Arizona on Wednesday night, has yet to comment on this investigation.
There is no statute of limitations on rape, criminal sexual act or aggravated sexual abuse in the first degree in the state of New York.
Evans was a college student preparing for her senior year at Middlebury in 2004 when she met Weinstein at Cipriani in New York City.
She wanted to be an actress and gave the executive her phone number, eventually agreeing to come in and read for a female casting director at Weinstein’s offices in Tribeca.
When she arrived however she was taken to meet Weinstein in a room with empty takeout boxes and exercise equipment.
The two spoke for a bit and then, according to Evans, Weinstein pulled out his penis and forced her to perform oral sex on him inside the office.
‘I said, over and over, “I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,”‘ said Evans.
‘I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.’
His size proved to be too much for Evans however, who found herself completely helpless.
‘I just sort of gave up. That’s the most horrible part of it, and that’s why he’s been able to do this for so long to so many women: people give up, and then they feel like it’s their fault,’ said Evans.
Weinstein later acted as if nothing had happened she said, and began calling her at night to meet said Evans, who turned down the executive.
The repercussions from the incident last to this day however, with Evans saying she still had nightmares.
‘I had an eating problem for years. I was disgusted with myself. It’s funny, all these unrelated things I did to hurt myself because of this one thing,’ said Evans.
‘I ruined several really good relationships because of this. My schoolwork definitely suffered, and my roommates told me to go to a therapist because they thought I was going to kill myself.’
Another woman who claimed Weinstein raped her revealed that she feared going to the police and even stayed in contact with the man because of the power he wielded in the industry.
‘I was in a vulnerable position and I needed my job,’ said the woman.
‘It just increases the shame and the guilt.’
‘Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances,’ said a spokesperson for Weinstein.
‘Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual.
‘Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.’
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