Another sex assault claim investigated

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a 2013 sexual assault allegation against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

The LAPD robbery and homicide division interviewed a potential sexual assault victim, spokesman Kevin Maiberger told Reuters on Thursday.

No further information was given on who made the allegations or where the alleged incident occurred.

"Mr Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but he unequivocally denies allegations of non-consensual sex," his spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister said in an emailed statement.

The move follows allegations reported earlier this month by The New York Times and The New Yorker from a number of women that Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them in incidents dating back to the 1980s.

One of Hollywood's most influential forces since launching in October 2005, the Weinstein Co produced and distributed films including The King's Speech and Silver Linings Playbook. Its television unit produces the long-running reality series Project Runway.

Weinstein is credited with conceiving the strategy that scored dozens of Oscar awards for the company's films.

Hollywood trade publication Variety on Tuesday reported a separate harassment allegation against Bob Weinstein, Harvey's younger brother and co-founder of Weinstein Co.

Bert Fields, an attorney for Bob Weinstein, said in a statement that the story was "false and misleading."

"There is no way in the world that Bob Weinstein is guilty of sexual harassment," Fields said.

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