New York authorities are reportedly close to making an arrest of Harvey Weinstein for felony sexual assault. The Daily Beast quotes a police official with direct knowledge of the case against the disgraced film mogul saying Tuesday: “We’re ready to go with an arrest.”
The NYPD is reportedly waiting for the go-ahead from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.
“Earlier in the day, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce was asked during a wide-ranging press availability about the investigation into sexual assault allegations against Weinstein,” The Daily Beast reports. “Boyce replied that the detectives are still gathering evidence in the case and, ‘It is going very, very well.’”
Vance’s office wasn’t commenting.
“According to police sources, the NYPD has been investigating five separate sexual assault allegations against Weinstein. One case is said to be particularly strong,” the story reports, noting that the victim in that case, Lucia Evans, has discussed her situation in a published article.
“As she recounted in a 2017 New Yorker article by Ronan Farrow, Lucia Evans was a college student interested in an acting career when she met Weinstein at the Cipriani Upstairs nightspot in the summer of 2004. Weinstein offered her professional guidance and she imagined that was his intention she arrived at his office for a daytime meeting,” The Daily Beast reports. “As Evans subsequently recounted to Farrow and to detectives from the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit, Weinstein made his real purpose clear when he forced her to perform oral sex.”
The report adds: “The SVU has also been speaking to actress Paz de la Huerta, who told Vanity Fair that Weinstein threw her down on a bed and raped her in 2010. Detectives found both women believable. The Evans case is apparently the stronger of the two.”