NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City police investigators believe a 2010 rape allegation made against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is “credible” and they are gathering evidence to seek an arrest warrant.
Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Friday that investigators have interviewed Paz de la Huerta, who publicly accused Weinstein of raping her twice in her apartment.
Boyce said detectives found the “Boardwalk Empire” actress’ story believable and corroborated portions of her account.
“The ability to articulate each and every movement of the crime: where she was, where they met, where this happened, and what he did” was demonstrated, Boyce said.
Speaking at a police briefing, Boyce also said that if Weinstein were in New York now and the assault allegation were recent, “we’d go right away and make the arrest. No doubt.”
But he said that since Weinstein was in another state and the allegations were years old, investigators have to gather evidence first.
He said even though the rapes allegedly happened seven years ago, “we have an actual case here.”
An email message sent to Weinstein representative Sallie Hofmeister was not immediately returned.
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