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US, UK police look at Weinstein sex claims

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October 13, 2017

The scandal surrounding disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has deepened.

New York police have opened an investigation into Harvey Weinstein, it has been confirmed.

The New York Police Department will conduct a review to determine if there are additional complaints and has encouraged anyone with information to come forward.

No complaints have been filed as yet.

The police review follows allegations of rape made by three women against the movie mogul in an article in the New Yorker and a string of sexual harassment allegations from women who worked with him, with model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne and Kate Beckinsale the latest stars to speak out.

Earlier, the disgraced producer told reporters "I'm not doing OK" but "we all make mistakes" as he was filmed on camera for the first time since the scandal broke.

Weinstein was filmed, dressed in a black T-shirt and scruffy jeans, while thought to be leaving his daughter's house in Los Angeles.

Asked how he was, the producer told TMZ: "I'm trying my best... I'm not doing OK but I'm trying."

He added: "I gotta get help. You know what, we all make mistakes ... A second chance, I hope."

And he added: "I've always been loyal to you guys. Not like those f***ing pricks that treat you like s***. I've been a good guy."

The producer, who is thought to be on his way to a rehab facility and whose wife has announced she is leaving him, was then driven away.

The comments came after officers were called after a "family dispute" at the home of Weinstein's daughter.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed its officers were called to reports of a "disturbance" at the house but said no crime had been committed.

Weinstein was not there when officers arrived.

Spectre actress Lea Seydoux also joined the ranks of Weinstein's accusers, saying she had to defend herself after the director allegedly jumped on her and tried to kiss her.

The French actress, who won the Palme d'Or at Cannes for Blue Is The Warmest Colour, said the movie mogul stared at her "as if I was a piece of meat".

On Tuesday, Weinstein was accused of rape by three women - claims Weinstein "unequivocally denies" - and his designer wife Georgina Chapman announced she was leaving him.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hosts the Oscars, described the sexual abuse allegations against Weinstein as "repugnant" and "abhorrent" and said that it would meet on Saturday to discuss any action to be taken.

BAFTA also announced it had suspended his membership.

Rose McGowan, one of the first actresses to be named as an alleged victim, called for the board of the Weinstein Company to be dissolved following the allegations against its co-founder.

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