NYC, London police taking fresh look at Weinstein claims

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They said in a statement: "Whilst BAFTA has previously been a beneficiary of Mr. Weinstein's support for its charitable work, it considers the reported alleged behavior completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA's values". London's Metropolitan police force said it had received an allegation of sexual assault from the Merseyside force in northwest England.

The Academy has awarded 81 Oscars to films produced by the Miramax studio and the Weinstein Company, both co-founded by Weinstein and his brother.

Detectives in the NYPD's special victims unit were instructed to identify and speak with any potential victims, including the women who spoke about their encounters with Weinstein in a recent New Yorker article, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Weinstein won the 1998 Best Picture Oscar as producer of Shakespeare in Love and was nominated for Gangs of NY in 2002.

The Times also said that last week Weinstein sent members of the company board an email saying they knew about those payoffs. A third woman, actress Asia Argento, told the magazine that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 1997 at a hotel in France. However, some assaults described in the New Yorker piece took place in NY, where first-degree sexual assault has no time limit.

The producer has apologized for his behavior and acknowledged having "caused a lot of pain", but denied specific charges and threatened to sue the Times.

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The incident follows a string of sexual harassment allegations being levelled against Weinstein from women who worked with him.

"Guys, I'm not doing OK, but I'm trying", he said outside of his daughter's Los Angeles home in a video licensed by NBC News. He also told the photographers he needs to "get help" and "we all make mistakes".

But a new angle to allegations emerged Tuesday when three women, including an Italian film star, claimed that Weinstein raped them.

"Why yesterday you touch my breast?" the 22-year-old asked on the recording, published by The New Yorker. She said upon her rejections, Weinstein screamed at her, called her derogatory names, made threats and laughingly told people "Oh, Kate lives to say no to me". I'm used to that. But the Manhattan District Attorney determined there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute, and the statute of limitations on the allegations of forcible touching, a misdemeanor, have expired.

The district attorney's office declined to press charges, and Harvey Weinstein insisted that it was a setup, but some board members and top executives anxious that Harvey Weinstein had engaged in a pattern of behavior that could jeopardize the company.

"Don't follow me. I'm being good", the 65-year-old told the paparazzi, pleading a couple of times to be left alone once they got their pictures. "It's obviously sickening", Vance said. NY state has no statute of limitations on most serious felonies, including rape. Fallout from the numerous allegations against Weinstein continued Thursday, with the leaders of the Cannes film festival expressing dismay at the accusations.

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