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BREAKING: FBI Takes Action Against Weinstein
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As more details come out in Miramax co-founder and award-winning director Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment scandal, it seems much of young Hollywood has turned on the movie mogul. Now, the federal government is reportedly looking to get involved as well.
The Daily Mail is reporting exclusive information that the FBI has opened an investigation into Weinstein’s actions.
Reportedly, the FBI is concerned that Weinstein will flee the U.S. to avoid prosecution.
DOJ Gets Involved?
After allegations ranging from sexual harassment to rape were leveled against Weinstein by The New York Times and the New Yorker, up to 30 women have said that they had been victimized by the Oscar-winning director.
The depth and breadth of the accusations, combined with Weinstein’s alleged Tuesday plan to go to Europe to attend “sex rehab,” caused the Department of Justice (DOJ) to open the investigation out of fears that Weinstein would follow in fellow predator Roman Polanski’s footsteps and flee the U.S., according to the Daily Mail.
The report says Attorney General Jeff Sessions apparently green-lighted the investigation, and “instructed the bureau to investigate the mountain [of] allegations leveled at the mogul.” The DOJ has not yet confirmed the report.
TMZ reported sources saying Weinstein may have planned to flee to Europe on Tuesday. Later reports said he changed plans and headed for Arizona instead.
More Agencies Open Investigations
So far, three women have accused Weinstein of rape, and many more have accused him of various forms of harassment and inappropriate conduct as “payment” for stardom.
For his part, Weinstein maintains that the rape accusations are false.
In 2015, a case against Weinstein was dropped by the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.
Vance referred to the director by his first name when discussing the decision not to charge Weinstein in a groping case where cops secretly recorded him trying to coerce an actress into watching him shower.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has also opened an investigation into several incidents involving Weinstein, and their Special Victims Unit – made popular by the television show Law and Order: SVU – has been directed to identify, locate, and interview any potential victims within their jurisdiction.
A police official with NYPD called Weinstein a “super predator.” The unnamed official went on:
He’s been at this so long, there’s no way there are not other victims out there. Imagine how many promises he’s made to these young women who were trying to make it into the industry.
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