NYPD brass are telling the city’s sex crimes detectives to take a new look at Harvey Weinstein, high ranking police sources tell the Daily News.
Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce has ordered Special Victims investigators to have another crack at the fallen media mogul after a bombshell New Yorker piece detailed allegations by multiple accusers, some in New York, sources said.
Actress Lucia Evans alleged that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Tribeca office in 2004, when she was a Middlebury College senior getting into the business, the magazine reported.
An audio recording made during a 2015 NYPD sting operation in which Weinstein admits to groping model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez has also become public.
Battilana Gutierrez, who wore a wire, can be heard asking why Weinstein grabbed her breast a night earlier, and he told her, “I won’t do it again,” then begged her to join him in her hotel room.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. didn’t bring charges against the 65-year-old former Hollywood honcho, insisting police botched the case.
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez in 2013.
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The NYPD defended their investigation and after the case was dropped, Weinstein’s longtime personal lawyer, David Boies, made a $ 10,000 donation to Vance.
“Many people in this department feel that it was highly irresponsible for the District Attorney’s office to question the judgment, quality or ability of the Special Victims Unit to investigate this case” a police source said. “We go to great lengths in these cases because there is such a physical and emotional impact on the victims.”
The department doesn’t plan to re-open the Battilana Gutierrez case, one source told the Daily News.
Though the statute of limitations for all felony sex crimes was five years in 2004, those boundaries were eliminated in 2006 and 2008 for first-degree rape, and criminal sex act cases — provided the case was still prosecutable when the law was changed, a law enforcement source said.
“We will make a reasonable effort to look at the allegations. If there are victims out there, they should come forward,” a police source said.