British police investigate Weinstein assault claim

Image: Harvey Weinstein is now being investigated on both sides of the Atlantic

By Bethany Minelle, News Reporter

Police in the UK are investigating an allegation of sexual assault against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

The alleged sexual assault dates back to the 1980s and is said to have taken place in the London area.

Merseyside police first received the report on Wednesday morning, before referring the case to Scotland Yard.

The allegation will now be assessed by officers from Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command.

The UK investigation comes after the New York police re-opened a 2004 case against the 65-year-old.

An allegation was made by former aspiring actress Lucia Evans, published in the New Yorker, that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Miramax offices in 2004.

NYPD detectives are also reviewing public allegations against Weinstein to identify, locate and interview any possible victims or witnesses.

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