NYPD gathering evidence for possible Weinstein arrest

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Vanity Fair reported on Friday, November 3, de la Huerta's allegations have launched a new NYPD investigation and NYPD officer Nicholas DiGaudio believes they have enough evidence to move forward with an arrest.

At a press conference Friday, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce described actress Paz de la Huerta's case as credible because of her "ability to articulate each movement of the crime, where she was, where this happened". "Then he pushed me onto the bed and his trousers were down and he lifted up my skirt".

Accounts of abuse by Weinstein that were published last month in The New York Times and The New Yorker encouraged others to speak out, unleashing a cascade of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against leading figures in Hollywood and elsewhere. "I felt afraid. It wasn't consensual", she told the magazine.

Manhattan district attorney's spokeswoman Joan Vollero says a senior sex crimes prosecutor has been assigned to the investigation, which is being conducted along with NY police.

"He pulled my dress up and unzipped his trousers and raped me", de la Huerta said.

Following the alleged assaults, de la Huerta says she entered a very dark period, drinking to excess and slipping into depression.

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"He finished what he did, and he told me he'd be calling me", she said.

"We have an actual case here", he added. Weinstein offered to give the actress a ride home after she ran into him at the Standard High Line hotel in Manhattan.

Officers said they had received "multiple complaints" about Weinstein, adding to investigations in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in the US.

The disgraced movie mogul could be facing criminal charges.

In Los Angeles, Officer Drake Madison, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department, told USA TODAY the department now has two open investigations on Weinstein. A Weinstein spokesperson has "unequivocally denied" any accusations of non-consensual sex.

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