The NYPD has a credible case to bust Harvey Weinstein for raping “Boardwalk Empire” star Paz de la Huerta — and the next step is to secure an arrest warrant from the Manhattan DA, a top department official said Friday.
“She put forth a credible and detailed narrative to us. We then sought to garner corroboration — this happened seven years ago — and we found corroboration,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told reporters.
“We have an actual case here.”
Weinstein is out of the state in sex addiction rehab, so the NYPD will need District Attorney Cy Vance’s office to secure an arrest warrant to have the pervy producer hauled back to the Big Apple. In the meantime, Boyce said, they’re still gathering evidence.
“If this person was still in New York and it was recent, we would go right away and make the arrest. No doubt. But we’re talking about a 7-year-old case and we have to move forward gathering evidence first,” he said.
De la Huerta claims Weinstein first raped her at her Tribeca apartment in November 2010, after offering her a lift home from a bar and insisting she let him inside for a drink.
“Immediately when we got inside the house, he started to kiss me and I kind of brushed [him] away,” the “Cider House Rules” actress told Vanity Fair. “Then he pushed me onto the bed and his pants were down and he lifted up my skirt. I felt afraid … It wasn’t consensual … It happened very quickly … He stuck himself inside me … When he was done he said he’d be calling me. I kind of just laid on the bed in shock.”
SOURCE: Tina Moore and Ruth Brown
New York Post: Page Six