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New York DA Plans Indictment Of Weinstein

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The Manhattan district  attorney is planning to indict film producer Harvey Weinstein as early as mid-November.

Since early October, Weinstein has been accused by several women of raping or sexually assaulting them, according to Page Six.

The New York Police Department proposed arresting Weinstein in Arizona, where he is currently in rehab. But sources said the district  attorney's office has decided to submit the matter to a grand jury and await an indictment before arresting Weinstein.

The case is expected to be based on the allegations made by actress Paz de la Huerta, who said Weinstein raped her twice in 2010.

She gave an account of one incident that occurred after Weinstein offered her a ride home.

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"Immediately when we got inside the house, he started to kiss me and I kind of brushed [him] away," she 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."

She also spoke about an alleged second assault in December 2010.

"I did say no, and when he was on top of me I said, 'I don't want to do this.' He kept humping me and it was disgusting. He's like a pig ... He raped me," she said.

Robert Boyce, NYPD's chief of detectives, stated Nov. 3 that De la Huerta's account seemed believable and her story had been corroborated in part. He added that the NYPD has issued subpoenas.

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The Los Angeles Times reported Nov. 7 that another woman has come forward in London, England, to report allegations against Weinstein. This brings the total number of accusers in Britain to eight.

At least 14 women have reported allegations of sexual assault, harassment and rape by Weinstein to the authorities in both Britain and the U.S.

Sallie Hofmeister, a representative for Weinstein, told The New York Times that Weinstein "unequivocally denies allegations of nonconsensual sex."

Allegations against Weinstein were first reported in a New York Times article on Oct. 5. Weinstein was subsequently fired from Weinstein Co., the production company he co-founded, and removed from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild of America and the Television Academy.

Sources: Page Six, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times / Featured Image: ZFF2012/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Dianna Agron/Instagram, Ludovic Bertron/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons

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