What to Know
- The Manhattan district attorney is planning to present its case against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, sources say
- The NYPD said last week it investigated actress Paz de la Huerta's allegations that Weinstein raped her, and turned its case over to the DA
- Weinstein previously has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex
New York City investigators went to Paris in the past week to meet with Paz de La Huerta after she accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of raping her twice in Manhattan in 2010, two law enforcement officials familiar with the case told News 4.
One official said investigators were "being careful and thorough on how best to move forward" in the inquiry spurred by a call from the "Boardwalk Empire" actress on Oct. 26. Police and Manhattan District Attorney's Office investigators have interviewed her at least once before, and NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said detectives found her account believable.
De la Huerta told CBS News in an interview that aired last earlier this month she was first raped in October 2010 after Weinstein gave her a ride home from a party, insisted on having a drink in her lower Manhattan apartment and forced himself on her. She said he raped her again in December 2010 after coming to her apartment; in that instance, de la Huerta said she had been drinking and was not in condition to give consent, the actress told CBS News.
NYPD officials previously went as far as to say they believe the case is 'arrestable' but the question remains can prosecutors prove any claims beyond a reasonable doubt.
Both sources told News 4 on Tuesday that any decision on timing on a decison on whether to file charges against Weinstein is now considered to be 'weeks' away. Previously, senior officials familiar with the investigation told News 4 that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance was expected to pursue an indictment in the case.
De la Huerta's lawyer, Carrie Goldberg, didn't respond to a call seeking comment.
Weinstein’s representatives have not responded to recent requests for comment. Previously, a representative said that Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.
The investigation comes after The New York Times published an expose of sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein, leading to his firing from the company he co-founded and his expulsion from the organization that bestows the Academy Awards.