London's Metropolitan Police have said they will investigate five sexual assault claims against super producer Harvey Weinstein as the scandal that has shaken Hollywood and the global film industry to its very core continues to reverberate around the world.
London's Met Police have established a team of officers to look into the alleged attacks, which are said to have taken place in the city between the late 1980s and 2015.
The police said the latest allegation was made on Sunday, Oct. 15. "It is alleged that a man sexually assaulted a woman in the late 1980s in west London. On 14 October, further allegations were made against the same man. It is alleged that the man sexually assaulted a woman in Westminster in 2010 and 2011, and in Camden in 2015," Met police said.
The investigation by the city's child abuse and sexual offences command came as Weinstein on Sunday was also expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures.
The organization behind the Oscar Awards said its board "voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority" to expel him.
The Academy said the vote was "not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over."
James Corden on Sunday was also forced to apologize for jokes he made about Weinstein at a gala for amfAR, a foundation for Aids research, on Friday evening. The host of CBS Corp.'s CBS The Late Late Show tweeted Sunday that he wasn't trying to make light of sexual assault but rather shame the abuser.
On Sunday, British actress Lysette Anthony said that Harvey Weinstein raped her in the late 1980s, she reportedly gave video evidence to Met Police last week.
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