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NYPD says it’s building case against Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein attends a screening in Manhattan in

Harvey Weinstein attends a screening in Manhattan in April 2017. Credit: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

A top NYPD official said Friday that investigators have ratcheted up their probe of sexual assault allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein after a woman came forward nine days ago.

“We have an actual case here,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told reporters during an unrelated crime briefing at police headquarters in lower Manhattan.

Boyce said the alleged victim, whom he wouldn’t identify, “put forth a credible and detailed narrative” that police corroborated and took to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.

The NYPD chief did not identify the alleged victim. In an online story published by Vanity Fair magazine, actress Paz De La Huerta said that Weinstein raped her on two occasions in 2010.

“We are happy with where the investigation is right now,” Boyce said. “Mr. Weinstein is out of state and we would need an arrest warrant to arrest him.”

Vance’s office said Friday it’s working on the case.

“A senior sex crimes prosecutor is assigned to this investigation, and the office has been working with our partners in the NYPD since the new allegations came to light,” said Joan Vollero, a spokeswoman for Vance. “As this is an active investigation, we will not be commenting further.”

A spokesman for Weinstein couldn’t be reached Friday. In the past, his representatives have denied that he ever had nonconsensual sex with anyone.

The police update comes a month after stories in The New York Times and The New Yorker detailed Weinstein’s alleged systematic sexual abuse of several women, including employees and actresses such as Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino and Rose McGowan.

The stories also brought criticism of Vance for declining to prosecute in 2015 after the NYPD wired Italian model Ambra Battilana and recorded Weinstein apologizing for groping her, then pressuring her to enter his hotel room.

Boyce did not say that any arrest is imminent. Because Weinstein is not in the state, a New York judge would have to approve any arrest warrant.

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