Hollywood honcho Harvey Weinstein will finally find himself at the center of a police investigation into his sordid history of sexual harassment after an Italian model-actress came forward to tell detectives about how she was raped by the mogul in 2013.
In a statement, Los Angeles police Capt. Billy Hayes confirmed that the department has launched an investigation into the woman’s claims, the Los Angeles Times reported. She is the sixth woman to accuse Weinstein of rape or other forcible sex acts, while dozens of other women have also come forward to detail their own traumatic experiences with him.
While many of Weinstein’s accusers claim that their own nightmarish encounter with him took place many years ago, this latest accuser could be the one to put him behind bars since her allegations fall inside of the 10-year statute of limitations for such crimes.
The woman – who remains anonymous for fear of retaliation – told the newspaper that Weinstein showed up “without warning” in the lobby of her hotel, even though she had not told him where she was staying.
“He … bullied his way into my hotel room, saying, ‘I’m not going to [have sex with] you, I just want to talk,’” she recalled. “Once inside, he asked me questions about myself, but soon became very aggressive and demanding and kept asking to see me naked.”
She tried to show him pictures of her children and sick mother while crying and begging him to leave, but Weinstein allegedly just boasted about his power and privilege.
“He grabbed me by the hair and forced me to do something I did not want to do,” she said. “He then dragged me to the bathroom and forcibly raped me.”
Upon leaving, Weinstein allegedly told her that she was pretty enough to work in Hollywood.
“He acted like nothing happened,” his victim said. “I barely knew this man. It was the most demeaning thing ever done to me by far. It sickens me still… he made me feel like an object, like nothing, with all his power.”