Police in Los Angeles have launched a rape investigation against disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein after a new accuser came forward, The Los Angeles Times reports.
“An Italian model-actress met with Los Angeles police detectives for more than two hours Thursday morning, providing a detailed account of new allegations that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her at a hotel in 2013,” The Times reports. “She is the sixth woman to accuse Weinstein of rape or forcible sex acts. Los Angeles police Capt. Billy Hayes confirmed that the department has launched an investigation into the matter.”
Sex crime investigations were previously launched against Weinstein in New York and London, but the new case is the first to be reported in Southern California, the report notes.
“The new allegation could be legally troubling for Weinstein because it falls within the 10-year statute of limitations for the crime that existed at the time of the alleged incident, legal experts say,” The Times reports.
The latest accuser has reportedly asked not to be named out of fear of retaliation along with a desire to protect her children’s privacy.
“Weinstein has ‘unequivocally denied’ allegations of non-consensual sex, according to his representative, Sallie Hofmeister,” The Times notes. “On the latest allegation, she said: ‘I can’t respond to some anonymous complaint.'”