NYPD Investigating Harvey Weinstein, Who Says He Is 'Devastated' Over Scandal, Wife Leaving: Report
"I have lost my wife and kids, whom I love more than anything else," Weinstein said.
The NYPD is reportedly again investigating Harvey Weinstein as the film producer issued a new statement lamenting the loss he now faces in the wake of numerous sexual assault allegations.
Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce has ordered Special Victims investigators to probe allegations made by multiple women, some in New York, in a bombshell piece published in The New Yorker, the New York Daily News reported.
The NYPD investigated Weinstein in 2015 when actress Ambra Battilana Gutierrez said the disgraced media mogul grabbed her breast.
One night later, she wore a wire to meet Weinstein and asked why he grabbed her.
“I won’t do it again,” Weinstein can be heard saying before asking her to come to his hotel room.
Despite that evidence, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance did not bring charges against Weinstein.
On Wednesday, Vance defended his decision to not charge Weinstein, saying, “Our sex-crimes prosecutors made the determination that this was not going to be a provable case and the decision was made not to go forward.”
The NYPD also defended their investigation.
Detectives have now been ordered to identify, locate and interview any potential victims, according to the New York Post.
“He’s been at this so long, there’s no way there are not other victims out there,” a source told the paper.
As Weinstein’s accusers faced criticism for not coming forward sooner, actress Mira Sorvino shared why she decided to speak out when she did.
“I have lived in vague fear of Harvey Weinstein for over 20 years, ever since the incidents I described to Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker,” she wrote in TIME magazine.
She told Farrow that Weinstein propositioned her in 1995, saying he massaged her shoulders and chased her around in a Toronto hotel room.
Sorvino also said he came to her apartment in New York City a few weeks later and only left when she said her boyfriend was coming over.
“At the time I don’t think I even knew that what happened — him using business-related situations to try and press himself sexually on a young woman in his employ — qualified as sexual harassment,” Sorvino wrote. “But as a woman who routinely advocates for women and girls who have been victimized in my role as Goodwill Ambassador with the United Nations, and as a mother, I could no longer remain silent.”
Weinstein, 65, who has said all encounters were consensual, also broke his silence about the scandal and its effect on his life.
“I am profoundly devastated,” he told The Post's Page Six. “I have lost my wife and kids, whom I love more than anything else.”
His wife, Marchesa fashion label co-founder Georgina Chapman, announced Tuesday that she was leaving Weinstein.
“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions,” she said in a statement.
“I fully support her decision,” Weinstein told Page Six. “I didn’t stand in Georgina’s way when we discussed a separation, I encouraged her to do what was in her heart. I know she has to do what is best for the children, for herself and her business [...] She employs 130 people. I don’t want her or my children to be hurt any more than they already have.”
He said he loved his wife and that he hoped to one day be able to reconcile.
“Although right now, I don’t know if that could possibly happen,” he said.
The following day, Los Angeles police responded to a family disturbance at Weinstein’s home, who was reportedly in “some distress,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Weinstein’s daughter called 911 to say her father was suicidal Wednesday morning, TMZ reported.
But after speaking to Weinstein’s daughter, police determined no one was in danger and left.
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