Already under investigation by the NYPD, LAPD and London’s Metro Police for allegations of sexual assault, Harvey Weinstein and director James Toback are now under the microscope of the Beverly Hills Police Department.
“The Beverly Hills Police Department has recently received multiple complaints involving Harvey Weinstein,” the tony town’s cops said Tuesday about the now much-accused producer. ”These cases are under investigation and no further information will be released at this time,” the BHPD added.
The department issued another statement Tuesday with the exact same wording naming Toback.
A Weinstein spokesperson in recent weeks has maintained that “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.” There have been a lot of such allegations of late as more than 60 women have come forward with claims that Weinstein sexually harassed or sexually assaulted them since the New York Times first published an explosive exposé October 5.
In a $5 million lawsuit against now-crippled The Weinstein Company filed October 24 citing Harvey Weinstein’s “sexual misconduct,” actress Dominique Huett detailed a November 2010 incident at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. Several others have described similar instances at the same hotel or others nearby, putting the matter squarely in the BHPD’s jurisdiction.
This move is the first declared investigation of Toback. Since the Los Angeles Times published its look at the Bugsy scribe back on October 22, dozens and dozens of women including Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams have recounted their own incidents with the Oscar-nominated Toback. Among those accusing the director is Ambika Leigh, at the time a server at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
For Weinstein, this latest investigation comes a day after he was booted out of the Producers Guild for life by the national board. Already banished from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for sexual misconduct, Weinstein resigned from the PGA last week.