UK police probe assault claim against Weinstein

British police are investigating an allegation of sexual assault against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein dating back to the 1980s, the Press Association news agency said Thursday.

Police in Liverpool, northwest England, confirmed they had received an allegation this week concerning an assault in London, although their statement did not mention Weinstein’s name.

“We can confirm we received a report at 8.40 am (0740 GMT) on Wednesday of an alleged sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s,” Merseyside Police said.

“The report has been referred to the Metropolitan Police.”

The Metropolitan Police, which covers London, said the allegation “will be assessed by officers from Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command”, although a spokesman refused to give any further details.

The Press Association cited unnamed sources in linking the case to Weinstein, who has faced an avalanche of claims of sexual harassment, assault and rape in recent days.

The Hollywood producer has apologised for his behaviour and acknowledged having “caused a lot of pain,” but denied specific charges including rape.




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