Thursday 24 September, 2020

Reports: UK police widen investigation into Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein.

Harvey Weinstein.

British media reported Tuesday that police have widened their investigation into sexual assault claims against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Citing unidentified sources, the Independent newspaper, Press Association and Sky News say London's Metropolitan Police was now investigating allegations by seven women over incidents that reportedly took place from the 1980s to 2015.

Police declined to comment, only saying Tuesday that officers from its child abuse and sexual offenses command were probing sexual assault allegations made by seven victims under what it called "Operation Kaguyak." British police do not identify people under investigation until charges are laid.

The news came just days after the British Film Institute stripped Weinstein of its highest honor, saying his alleged "appalling conduct" stands in opposition to the organization's values.

Police in Britain first confirmed they had opened an investigation into Weinstein in early October after receiving an allegation of sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s.

Weinstein denies having any non-consensual sexual activity.

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