The New York Police Department is prepared to arrest Harvey Weinstein for raping “Boardwalk Empire” star Paz de la Huerta— and the next step is for the Manhattan district attorney to get an arrest warrant, a top NYP department official said Friday.
“She put forth a credible and detailed narrative to us. We then sought to garner corroboration — this happened seven years ago — and we found corroboration,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told reporters.
“We have an actual case here.”
When asked what made de la Huerta’s case so credible, he explained it was her “ability to articulate each and every movement of the crime — where she was, where they met, where this happened and what he did.”
Weinstein is in Arizona for sex-addiction rehab, so the NYPD will need DA Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office to secure an arrest warrant to bring him back to the Big Apple.
“If this person was still in New York and it was recent, we would go right away and make the arrest. No doubt. But we’re talking about a 7-year-old case and we have to move forward gathering evidence first,” Boyce said.
A high-ranking police official said Weinstein would already be in handcuffs if he were home.
“If Weinstein was in New York state, we just would have gone out and arrested him. We need for Vance to get the arrest warrant,” the official said.
On Thursday, Vanity Fair published an article quoting the lead investigator on the case saying, “I believe based on my interviews with Paz that from the NYPD standpoint we have enough to make an arrest,” Detective Nicholas DiGaudio said.
De la Huerta first contacted police on Oct. 25, and police immediately began putting together a case with Vance’s office, Boyce said.
She claims Weinstein raped her twice in two months in 2010.
The first time was in her Tribeca apartment in November that year, after he offered the actress a lift home from a bar and insisted she let him in for a drink.
“Immediately when we got inside the house, he started to kiss me and I kind of brushed [him] away,” de la Huerta told Vanity Fair.
“Then he pushed me onto the bed and his pants were down and he lifted up my skirt. I felt afraid . . . It wasn’t consensual . . . It happened very quickly . . . He stuck himself inside me . . . When he was done he said he’d be calling me. I kind of just laid on the bed in shock.”
A month later, she says, the movie mogul showed up at her building when she was drunk, wheedled his way into her apartment and did it again.
“I did say no, and when he was on top of me I said, ‘I don’t want to do this.’ He kept humping me and it was disgusting. He’s like a pig . . . He raped me,” she says.
De la Huerta is one of dozens of women to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault in recent months, but many of those happened outside of the NYPD’s jurisdiction or too long ago to fall within the statute of limitations.
Her attorney has also provided corroborating material to the district attorney — including a letter from her therapist and a recording from a journalist confirming that she has talked about the alleged rapes in the past, the magazine reports.
Weinstein has repeatedly denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.
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