Well if this isn’t the perfect news to kick off International Women’s Day. Picturing the NYPD arresting Harvey Weinstein has probably made the day for a whole lot of women.
Not too long after the dam finally burst and numerous allegations against Harvey Weinstein poured out, the New York Police Department launched an investigation in October. Four months later, a police source tells The Daily Beast that the NYPD are “ready to go” with an arrest, and they’re just waiting on approval from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. I really hope Cyrus isn’t a huge Good Will Hunting fan.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce was asked about the investigation earlier in the day yesterday. He would only comment that detectives were still gathering evidence, and that it was going “very, very well.” He then said it would be better to speak to Cyrus Vance if there were any other questions about Harvey and the investigation. When asked, a spokesperson for Cyrus declined to answer.
The NYPD doesn’t normally identify the victim in an investigation, but in this case it’s public knowledge. The first victim is Lucia Evans, one of the women who spoke to Ronan Farrow for his exposé on Harvey for The New Yorker. Another alleged victim is Paz de la Huerta, who accused Harvey of raping her two different times in 2010 at her apartment in Tribeca. The Daily Beast says that detectives found both women “believable,” but that Lucia Evans has the stronger case of the two.
The SVU have been investigating three other cases, but they’re still kind of developing at the moment. Lucia Evans has been cooperative, but hesitant to talk to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, due to the way he handled Ambra Battilana’s case against Harvey back in 2015. No charges were filed in that case.
The Los Angeles District Attorney is also reportedly examining five cases of sexual assault by Harvey that could also lead to a possible prosecution. But it sounds like New York is closer to getting it done, and Harvey could soon find himself in a jail cell. That’s if he doesn’t try to flee. Attention all TSA agents: if you see a beady-eyed sleazeball in glasses and a fake moustache mumbling something about going to visit his friend Ro-Ro in Switzerland, delay the plane!