LAPD Officer Tony Im said the department is investigating a “lewd conduct” allegation against Weinstein stemming from 2015. No further details were released.
The case is the second criminal investigation being conducted by the LAPD into Weinstein, who has been accused by dozens of women of sexual harassment or assault dating back decades.
In mid-October, a 38-year-old Italian actress/model told police she was sexually assaulted by the film producer in February 2013 at the Mr. C Beverly Hills hotel, which is located in Los Angeles, where she was staying while attending the eighth annual Los Angeles, Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest.
“He … bullied his way into my hotel room, saying, ‘I’m not going to (have sex with you), I just want to talk,” the woman told the Los Angeles Times. “Once inside, he asked me questions about myself, but soon became very aggressive and demanding and kept asking to see me naked.
“He grabbed my by the hair and forced me to do something I did not want to do. He then dragged me to the bathroom and forcibly raped me,” she said.
Weinstein left after about 45 minutes, and “acted like nothing happened,” the woman said.
“I barely knew this man,” she told The Times. “It was the most demeaning thing ever done to me by far. It sickens me still. … He made me feel like an object, like nothing with all his power.”
Weinstein is also under criminal investigation in New York and London. Media outlets in New York reported Thursday that police have opened a third criminal probe of Weinstein stemming from a complaint filed by an actress who claims she was sexually assaulted.
Meanwhile, actress Paz de la Huerta — best known for “Boardwalk Empire” — told Vanity Fair she was raped twice by Weinstein in New York in 2010. She said Weinstein gave her a ride home then insisted they have drinks, then he forced himself on her.
Weinstein has denied having any non-consensual sex with anyone.
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister said. “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual. Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”
–City News Service