Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is under investigation for allegedly groping a model and a complaint against the high profile Weinstein has been filed, according to reports.
Allegations first emerged in the New York Daily News, which identified the model as a 22 year old Italian who alleged she had been groped last Friday in New York. The woman reportedly told police Weinstein “touched her private area and her breasts.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the woman made her report to police at 8:30 p.m. on March 27, “roughly two hours after the alleged incident.” The NYPD declined to confirm these details.
A spokesperson for The Weinstein Company didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
The producer reportedly met the model on Thursday, during the premiere of “New York Spring Spectacular,” a show he is producing at Radio City Music Hall. He then invited the woman to meet him on Friday at an office at the Tribeca Film Center on Greenwich Street, the New York Times reported.
There, Weinstein allegedly asked whether the model’s breasts were real and then groped her, the paper reported.
Shortly afterward, the woman reported the incident in person at the local police station, where she was interviewed by officers with the Special Victims Unit. On Saturday, Weinstein was also briefly interviewed at the same police station, but he then requested a lawyer and was allowed to leave the precinct, the Times reported.
Is there a case against Weinstein? It would appear so, but allegations are of course easy to make and the power of the producer is such that any defense is likely to be powerful.
Estimated to be worth $200 million, Weinstein is co-founder of Miramax and has produced numerous hit movies, including “Shakespeare in Love” — which won the Best Picture Oscar in 1999.
He is married to Georgina Chapman, 38, the fashion designer and co-founder of high-end label Marchesa. They were married in 2007, and have a 2-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter.
Weinstein has three older children from his first marriage to Eve Chilton Weinstein, his former assistant. They divorced in 2004.
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