Latest Accusation Could Send Weinstein to Prison
Paz de la Huerta says he raped her twice in 2010
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2017 2:46 AM CDT
Updated Nov 3, 2017 3:57 PM CDT
Actress Paz de la Huerta arrives at the 2011 HBO Golden Globe Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
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(Newser) – The latest accusation against Harvey Weinstein could represent prosecutors' best chance to send him to prison. Boardwalk Empire actress Paz de la Huerta says Weinstein raped her twice in New York in 2010, which is within the state's statute of limitations, and the NYPD said Friday it is gathering evidence for a criminal case based on her accusations. The actress tells Vanity Fair that Weinstein first assaulted her in Oct. 2010, when he offered her a ride home from a party and demanded to come in for a drink. When he got inside, she says, he pushed her onto a bed and lifted up her skirt. "I was terrified," she says. "It wasn't consensual ... he stuck himself inside me." In December that year, she says he turned up at her apartment after she had been drinking and forced himself on her again. " I said, 'I don't want to do this,'" she says. "He kept humping me and it was disgusting. He's like a pig ... He raped me."

After the second assault, she says, "He looked at me and said, 'I'll put you in a play.' He left and I never heard from him again. He knew he had done a bad thing." NYPD detective Nicholas DiGaudio, who is leading the department's investigation of Weinstein, earlier told Vanity Fair that he has spoken to de la Huerta and prosecutors are considering charging Weinstein. "I believe based on my interviews with Paz that from the NYPD standpoint we have enough to make an arrest," he says. The NYPD later confirmed that, with the chief of detectives saying de la Huerta's story is credible and portions have been corroborated, the AP reports. The office of Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance Jr. tells CBS that a senior sex crimes prosecutor has been assigned to the case. Weinstein is also being investigated by authorities in London, Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills.

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