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Weinstein sex abuse: Police in London and New York investigating

Both the Metropolitan Police and New Your City Police say they are looking ar sexual assault allegations against the movie mogul

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British media say London police are investigating a sexual assault allegation against Harvey Weinstein.

London’s Metropolitan Police force says it has received an allegation of sexual assault from the Merseyside force in northwest England. It says the claim will be assessed by detectives from the sexual offenses team.

Merseyside Police says the allegation was made Wednesday and concerns “an alleged sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s.”

British police do not identify suspects who have not been charged. British media including Sky News, The Guardian and the BBC identified the alleged assaulter as Weinstein.

New York City police said Thursday that detectives are taking a fresh look at sexual assault allegations against Weinstein.

Police spokesman Peter Donald said Thursday that investigators are reviewing police files to see if any women previously reported being assaulted or harassed by the media mogul.

So far, no past complaints have been found, other than one well-known case that prompted an investigation in 2015.

The department is also encouraging anyone with information to come forward.

A law enforcement official says detectives also plan to contact women who spoke about their encounters with Weinstein in a New Yorker article this week.

The official wasn’t authorised to speak publicly on an ongoing probe and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Weinstein has denied any nonconsensual sexual conduct with any women.