The NYPD is readying to arrest Harvey Weinstein for felony sexual assault, after investigating five different allegations against the disgraced producer in the New York area.
‘We’re ready to go with an arrest,’ an NYPD official told The Daily Beast. While Chief Robert Boyce says they have gathered considerable evidence in the investigation into Weinstein, it is now up to the district attorney to decide whether the disgraced media mogul gets indicted.
‘It’s his case right now,’ Chief Boyce said of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. ‘I would ask you to ask him … his schedule … where it goes forward.’
Paz de la Huerta (left) and Lucia Evans (right) have worked with the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit regarding their allegations of rape and sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein, and the NYPD says they are ready to make an arrest
The NYPD says they have gathered considerable evidence against Harvey Weinstein, and that it is now up to the Manhattan DA to move towards an indictment
The district attorney’s office had no comment.
Boyce said investigators have been working diligently with women who have alleged Weinstein raped them.
The probe stems in part from a report in October by ‘Boardwalk Empire’ actress Paz de la Huerta, who said she Weinstein raped her twice in 2010. She also spoke publicly.
In another incident in New York, Lucia Evans’ account was detailed in Ronan Farrow’s bombshell New Yorker expose in 2017.
Evans said she was a college student interested in an acting career when she met Weinstein at the Cipriani Upstairs nightspot in 2004.
She told Farrow, and the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit, that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a daytime meeting at his office.
‘I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,’ she told Farrow. ‘He’s a big guy. He overpowered me.’
SVU has also been speaking to de la Huerta.
Evans’ case is apparently the stronger of the two cases being pursued, however detectives found both women believable.
Detectives have since traveled to Paris and Los Angeles to interview de la Huerta and others.
They have sought cellphone, business and medical records. Witnesses were prepared to testify before a grand jury, which would determine whether Weinstein is indicted, Boyce said. The proceeding is secret.
‘We’ve accumulated quite a bit of evidence,’ Boyce said.
Prosecutors have said they are taking the investigation seriously.
In a previous case in New York, the District Attorney declined to prosecute Weinstein despite model and actress Ambra Battilana Gutierrez in 2015 wearing a wire tap to meet with him.
She accused Weinstein of groping her during a meeting.
‘I won’t do it again,’ Weinstein can be heard telling Battilana, admitting he had done it to her before.
Vance ultimately decided there wasn’t enough proof and didn’t bring a case. Following criticism over the decision last year, prosecutors said police arranged the sting without their knowledge and there were other proof issues, but police pushed back saying they’d presented enough evidence.
Meanwhile the other three cases in New York against Weinstein are still developing.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is also reviewing five cases against Weinstein, two brought by the Beverly Hills Police Department and three from Los Angeles police.
Weinstein’s attorneys have said he denies any claim of non-consensual sex, and that they would respond in any ‘appropriate legal forum, where necessary.’
They had no additional comment Wednesday.
Piling onto the producer’s endless legal troubles, in February, New York state sued the Weinstein Company.
The New York state attorney’s office said that despite multiple complaints to the human resources department, there was no meaningful investigation or relief for victims, or consequences for Weinstein.
It appears that despite both de la Huerta’s case and Evans being credible- it will be Evans’ case that would more likely seal Weinstein’s fate if arrested
The NYPD says they are ready to arrest Weinstein, but that it is now in the hands of Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance (pictured) as it is up to him to indict the disgraced producer
It said the company’s toxic work environment was shrouded in secrecy because of a practice of reaching non-disclosure agreements — a policy that has come under renewed scrutiny in the wake of the sexual harassment watershed that has followed Weinstein’s downfall.
State attorney general Eric Schneiderman said the lawsuit, filed in the State Supreme Court in New York, included new allegations about Weinstein’s ‘vicious and exploitative mistreatment’ of employees.
‘As alleged in our complaint, The Weinstein Company repeatedly broke New York law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination,’ said Schneiderman.
‘Any sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, employees will be protected going forward and that neither perpetrators nor enablers will be unjustly enriched.’