Police are investigating after another actress accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her twice.
Paz de la Huerta – best known for a role in HBO’s acclaimed series Boardwalk Empire – claims the disgraced Hollywood mogul sexually assaulted her on two occasions in 2010.
Speaking to CBS, De la Huerta said Weinstein forced himself upon her following a New York party. The producer offered to drive her home, as the pair lived in the same neighbourhood.
After Weinstein reportedly insisted they have drinks, she said they ended up inside her apartment. “He pushed me on the bed ... and it happened all very suddenly,” she said.
Following the incident, Weinstein allegedly kept pestering De la Huerta, turning up in the lobby of her apartment on 23 December that year. She claims that Weinstein raped her a second time that day.
“We are aware of the sexual assault complaints,” an NYPD spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday. “We are actively investigating them. The NYPD continues to work with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office on the case. The investigation is ongoing.”
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office senior sex crimes prosecutor has since been assigned to investigate the case.
The accusations by De la Huerta follow similar allegations from actresses Rose McGowan, Natassia Malthe and Lysette Anthony, all claiming Weinstein raped them.
UK police are also investigating seven allegations of sexual assault against the producer, which date from the 1980s up to 2015.
Weinstein, who has recently been expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences – the organisation behind the Oscars – and sacked from The Weinstein Company, has previously “unequivocally” denied all accusations of non-consensual sex.
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