(IMAGE: Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance Jr. by SAFFIE 55/​WikiCommons)

[UPDATED] Police in both New York and London are report­ed­ly inves­ti­gat­ing Harvey Weinstein’s pat­tern of alleged sex­u­al abuse to see if charges can be brought.

The NYPD has launched an aggres­sive crim­i­nal inves­ti­ga­tion into the sex­u­al assault alle­ga­tions sur­round­ing the dis­graced movie mogul, accord­ing to mul­ti­ple reports.

On Wednesday, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce ordered inves­ti­ga­tors in the NYPD’s Special Victims Division to endeav­or to iden­ti­fy and locate and inter­view any poten­tial [Weinstein] vic­tims,” claims the New York Post.

The unnamed source referred to Weinstein as a super preda­tor,” and stat­ed that, giv­en the increas­ing­ly well-​documented his­to­ry of Weinstein’s alleged abus­es, there is a strong like­li­hood that pros­e­cutable leads will be uncov­ered. He’s been at this so long, there’s no way there are not oth­er vic­tims out there,” the source said.

Meanwhile London’s Metropolitan Police announced an inves­ti­ga­tion of an alleged sex­u­al assault dat­ing from the 1980s.

The Metropolitan Police Service was passed an alle­ga­tion of sex­u­al assault by Merseyside Police on Wednesday, 11 October,” Metropolitan Police Service said in a state­ment. The alle­ga­tion will be assessed by offi­cers from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command.”

The sus­pect has been wide­ly report­ed to be Harvey Weinstein. Metropolitan Police pol­i­cy does not iden­ti­fy any per­son who may, or may not be, sub­ject to an inves­ti­ga­tion,” the state­ment said. While the Met divi­sion in ques­tion inves­ti­gates both sex­u­al assault and child molesta­tion, no evi­dence has so far sur­faced link­ing Weinstein to an assault on a child.

The new New York inves­ti­ga­tion comes in an atmos­phere of increas­ing out­rage over District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.‘s fail­ure to file charges in 2015, when Italian mod­el Ambra Battilana report­ed an alleged grop­ing inci­dent to the NYPD. Battalina sub­se­quent­ly wore a wire for inves­ti­ga­tors and Weinstein was caught on tape, seem­ing­ly apol­o­giz­ing for his behav­ior by claim­ing it’s what I’m used to.”

Despite the record­ed evi­dence and descrip­tions from inves­ti­ga­tors of Battalina’s dis­traught” con­di­tion when she approached them, Vance’s office dis­missed the case, stat­ing after ana­lyz­ing the avail­able evi­dence, includ­ing mul­ti­ple inter­views with both par­ties, a crim­i­nal charge is not supported.”

Two weeks after the charges were dropped, Vance’s re-​election cam­paign accept­ed a $10,000.00 dona­tion from David Boies, an attor­ney linked to Weinstein. Both Vance and Boies, who claims he did not rep­re­sent Weinstein dur­ing the 2015 crim­i­nal inves­ti­ga­tion, deny a connection.

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