The New York Police Department told BuzzFeed News Thursday it is investigating an allegation that Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted someone in 2004 and is conducting a "review" to determine if there are any "additional complaints" against him.
"A complaint was never filed with the NYPD. The NYPD is investigating an allegation of sex assault from 2004," an NYPD spokesperson said when asked if the department was investigating any previous allegations against Weinstein.
"Based on information referenced in published news reports the NYPD is conducting a review to determine if there are any additional complaints relating to the Harvey Weinstein matter. No filed complaints have been identified as of this time and as always, the NYPD encourages anyone who may have information pertaining to this matter to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS," said NYPD spokesman J. Peter Donald.
A spokeswoman for Weinstein declined to comment.
In New York state there are no statutes of limitations for rape, criminal sexual act, and aggravated sexual abuse charges. The statutes for other felony sex offenses is five years.
The investigation was first reported by the New York Daily News, citing anonymous sources.
Meanwhile, LAPD and Beverly Hills police officials told BuzzFeed News they are not investigating past allegations against Weinstein.
The New York Times and the New Yorker both published explosive reports detailing actors who said they were victims Weinstein's alleged unwanted sexual harassment and assaults — an open secret of sorts in Hollywood and the film industry. Since then, many more have come forward.
But significant questions remained as to why no law enforcement authorities took action over the years. The New Yorker piece included an audio recording of Weinstein from a 2015 NYPD sting operation where he apparently admitted to groped a model — but the Manhattan District Attorney's office declined to prosecute, saying the NYPD didn't capture the right evidence.
The New Yorker piece included an interview with Lucia Evans, who said she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein in 2004 at Cipriani Upstairs in New York City. She said Weinstein took her into an office, said she might fit for several television or film roles — adding she'd have to lose weight for one — and then "he forced me to perform oral sex on him.”
The NYPD didn't say if Evans' account from 2004 is under investigation, or if there is another that has gone unreported.