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British police investigating five Weinstein sex assault claims

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British police are investigating five sexual assault allegations in total involving film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Four new claims emerged on Sunday from two different people – with one claiming Weinstein assaulted her on three separate dates.

These relate to alleged attacks in Westminster and Camden in 2010, 2011 and 2015.A Met Police spokesman said the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are investigating the allegations but “there has been no arrest at this stage”.

They add to the one made by Hollyoaks actress Lysette Anthony, who became the first British woman to accuse the disgraced filmmaker of rape.

The 54-year-old told the attack took place in the 1980s, when she met Weinstein at a house he rented in London. “The next thing I knew he was half undressed and he grabbed me,” she said.

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The Accusers:
“He pushed me inside and rammed me against the coat rack. He was trying to kiss me and shove inside me,” she added.”Finally I just gave up.”She described the attack as “pathetic and revolting”.

On Wednesday she tweeted that she had reported a historical crime, adding that she felt “sick” and “sad”. Rose McGowan, Asia Argento, aspiring actress Lucia Evans and another two unidentified women have also accused Weinstein of rape.

Other accusations, including sexual harassment and assault, have been made by Hollywood stars such Bond girl Eva Green, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Beckinsale. More than 40 women have come forward with accusations.

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The Critics:
Weinstein has “unequivocally denied” all allegations, but police forces in the both the UK and US have said investigations are under way.

The producer was kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Saturday, a move that follows him being expelled from the company he co-founded with his brother after selling Miramax – The Weinstein Company.He has also been left by his wife and is believed to have checked into rehab.

A number of Hollywood stars and politicians have issued statements expressing their “shock” and “disgust”, while others like director Oliver Stone, actress Lindsay Lohan and fashion designer Donna Karan have showed sympathy with the producer.

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The Defenders:
Quentin Tarantino, one of Weinstein’s oldest friends and collaborators, has issued a statement saying he was “stunned” and “heartbroken” but he needed more time to “process pain, emotions, anger and memory” before speaking publicly.

Weinstein has also been temporarily banned from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) and the Producers’ Guild Of America have announced they will hold a meeting to decide on his membership.

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On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced he was “taking steps” to strip Weinstein of his Legion d’Honneur – the country’s highest decoration.

Companies have also been affected in the scandal, with Goldman Sachs saying it is “exploring options” for its £750,000 stake in The Weinstein Company and Amazon placing its studios boss Roy Price on a leave of absence following claims he knew of Weinstein’s behaviour.

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