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    In this April 19, 2015 file photo, Paz de la Huerta attends the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of Bare at the SVA Theatre in New York

    NYPD Building 'Credible' Case Against Weinstein for Raping Paz de la Huerta

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    Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexually assaulting scores of women, is now on the verge of finding himself behind bars.

    The New York Police Department (NYPD) has said that they are building a "credible" case to detain embattled film producer Harvey Weinstein for the rape of actress Paz de la Huerta in the Big Apple in 2010.

    National Public Radio (NPR) quoted the NYPD's chief of detectives Robert Boyce as saying on Friday that the investigation was opened nine days ago and that "we have an actual case going forward."

    "If this person was still in New York and it was recent we would go right ahead and make the arrest, no doubt. But we're talking about a seven-year-old case. We have to move forward gathering evidence," he said.

    Film producer Harvey Weinstein attends the 2016 amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan, New York
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    Film producer Harvey Weinstein attends the 2016 amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan, New York

    As for Paz de la Huerta, she is best known for starring as a gangster's mistress in the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire."

    Dozens of women, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Lena Headey, have come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Weinstein since the New York Times ran an expose on October 5, claiming that Weinstein had paid off women who'd accused him of sexual assault since the 1980s.

    READ MORE: From Fatty Arbuckle to Harvey Weinstein: The Sex Scandals That Dogged Hollywood

    He has already been banned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts over the scandal.


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