NEW YORK (CBS News) – Federal prosecutors in New York’s Southern District are conducting an investigation into former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein stemming from allegations of sex abuse, a person familiar with the matter confirmed to CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton.
Individuals have been questioned regarding Weinstein’s arranging the travel of women for the purpose of having sex, CBS News reported.
Some 80 women, including prominent actresses, have accused Weinstein of misconduct ranging from rape to harassment. The allegations have led to investigations in New York, London and Los Angeles, though charges have not been filed.
The case launched the #MeToo social movement that has encouraged victims to tell their stories and led to widespread revelations about sexual harassment and abuse in a variety of industries.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the existence of the federal investigation against Weinstein.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s office says their own investigation into allegations against Weinstein is “in an advanced stage.”
The investigation run by federal prosecutors has been going on since at least January, CBS News reported. Weinstein could face charges if there’s evidence he lured or transported women across state lines to commit a sex crime.
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