The LAPD has opened an investigation into whether Harvey Weinstein raped
an Italian model in 2013.
The model, whose name was not disclosed, reported her
allegations to police on Thursday. The woman told the Los Angeles Times
that Weinstein bullied his way into her hotel room at Mr. C
Beverly Hills — a hotel within Los Angeles city limits — and
then forcibly raped her in the bathroom.
“The Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division
has interviewed a potential sexual assault victim involving
which allegedly occurred in 2013,” said LAPD spokesman
Officer Tony Im. “The case is under investigation.”
The woman, 38, told the Times that Weinstein invited himself up
to her room, and then demanded to see her naked before raping
“When he left, he acted like nothing happened,” she told the
Times. “I barely knew this man. It was the most demeaning thing
ever done to me by far. It sickens me still. … He made me feel
like an object, like nothing, with all his power.”
Under California law, rape has a 10-year statute of
limitations. So Weinstein could be prosecuted if sufficient
evidence is found to move ahead with a case.
“Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations,
but he unequivocally denies allegations of non-consensual sex,”
said his spokesman Sallie Ho.
Weinstein resigned from the board of the Weinstein Company on
Tuesday, as fallout continues from his sex harassment scandal.
He was fired as co-chairman of the company a week earlier.
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