Harvey Weinstein scandal: NYPD to review disgraced movie producer's background

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Sandy Kenyon reports the latest details on the Harvy Weinstein allegations. (KTRK)

NYPD detectives will review Harvey Weinstein's background "to identify and locate and interview any potential victims" of the disgraced movie producer.

The NYPD went back to examine the allegations raised in a New Yorker article.

Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce instructed investigators in the Special Victims Unit to look into any potential leads in the wake of numerous allegations being made publicly.

However, the department will not reopen the 2015 case that resulted in no prosecution by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

Similarly, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance has encouraged potential victims of Weinstein to come forward.

"We'll investigate those new matters when they come to our office," he said Wednesday.

The decision by the Manhattan district attorney's office is getting new scrutiny since a dozen women told The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine Weinstein sexually harassed or sexually assaulted them in various locales.

Regarding campaign contributions from people connected to Weinstein, Vance said he is not influenced by anyone's donations.

"There has never been a campaign contribution that has influenced my thinking and my work as DA has truly been to work with my assistants to make sure we serve the New York public by focusing on the law, what we can prove, and I think have, in our years, really done a good job doing that," he said.

A Weinstein spokeswoman said "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied."

Some 30 women - including actresses Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow - have spoken out recently to say Weinstein had sexually harassed or sexually assaulted them. Weinstein was fired Sunday by The Weinstein Co., a studio he co-founded with his brother.

In The New Yorker expose, a former actress, Lucia Evans, said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex in 2004 when she was a college student.

At least one other unnamed woman said she was raped by Weinstein, but the article did not disclose when or where it happened. A third woman, actress Asia Argento, told the magazine that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 1997 at a hotel in France.

Under New York law, making someone engage in oral sex by physical force or the threat of it is a first-degree criminal sexual act. There's no legal time limit for bringing charges.
Some information from The Associated Press

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