New York police investigating 2004 claim of Weinstein sex assault

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NEW YORK | The New York City Police Department said on Thursday it is investigating an allegation of sexual assault against movie producer Harvey Weinstein in 2004.

“The NYPD is investigating an allegation of sex assault from 2004,” the department said in a statement.

Asked by Reuters in an email whether the investigation involved Weinstein, a spokesperson said in an email “Yes.”

Weinstein spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister replied “no comment” when asked by email about the NYPD investigation.

The Hollywood producer has previously denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.

“Based on information referenced in published news reports the NYPD is conducting a review to determine if there are any additional complaints relating to the Harvey Weinstein matter,” the NYPD also said, adding that no filed complaints had yet been identified.

The NYPD investigation follows allegations by numerous women that Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them over the past three decades.