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.
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.
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.