Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct cases referred to Los Angeles District Attorney
Also on Wednesday, a judge threw out Weinstein’s ex-wife’s attempt to get $5 million in prepaid childcare costs
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is now looking into two investigations against Harvey Weinstein.
The Beverly Hills Police Department referred the cases, although it is unclear which specific allegations they are referring to.
“Two cases have been presented to our office by the Beverly Hills Police Department regarding Harvey Weinstein and both are under review right now. They were presented last month, on December 18,” Greg Risling, a spokesman for the district attorney, said.
Also on Thursday, a judge in New York threw out a suit by Weinstein’s ex-wife, Eve Chilton, who had attempted to get $5 million in childcare money pre-paid.
Her lawyer had argued that Weinstein now faces so many lawsuits as a result of multiple rape and sexual assault accusations - all of which he denies - that he will have no money left for his family.
Risling said he could not comment on the substance of the cases or when his office might made a decision on filing charges.
More than 100 women, including Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lupita Nyong’o and Angelina Jolie, have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault.
Many accounts claim Weinstein’s alleged assaults occurred at the Peninsula hotel in Beverly Hills.
An accuser identified only as Jane Doe in a lawsuit filed November 14 said Weinstein attacked her twice inside the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.
The woman, represented by Gloria Allred, claims Weinstein gripped her wrist and forced her to watch him masturbate in 2015 and then raped her in the hotel in 2016.
“I think that it is a positive sign that the LA County District Attorney is reviewing the investigative report of the Beverly Hills Police Department,” Allred said on Tuesday without confirming her client’s case was one of the two now under review.
“While a referral to the District Attorney from the police department is important, it is the DA who decides if a case will be filed, not the police department,” she said.
“We will have to wait and see if the DA believes that she has sufficient evidence to prove a case against Mr Weinstein beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Weinstein is currently under investigation by the New York Police Department, the New York District Attorney, Scotland Yard and the Beverly Hills police.
In a blanket statement, Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.
Also on Wednesday, a New York judge threw out a claim by Weinstein’s ex-wife that she should receive a $5 million prepayment on future child support.
Justice Michael Katz “tossed” the bid in its entirety, according to a source with knowledge of the decision.
Former wife Eve Chilton appeared in court last month to request the cash before Weinstein’s fortune likely gets swallowed up by legal bills.
According to the judge’s decision, Weinstein must continue to pay his child support payments on time, and Chilton has the right to return to court if he misses any.
A second source said Katz denied Chilton’s bid for the hefty advance because Weinstein never missed any payments.
Her lawyer Bonnie Rabin argued Weinstein’s finances were on the brink of being depleted by “many, many lawyers, many, many millions of dollars to defend himself against lawsuits all over the world.”
“He’s going to have very little left,” she continued. “[There] are lawsuits not in four to five states, but perhaps four to five countries.”
The $5 million sought by Chilton included more than $1.4 million in basic child support payments; $500,000 for health care; $124,000 for statutory add-ons; $500,000 for college and college prep; and various other expenses, plus money still owed to Chilton from the recent sale of a property in Westport, Conn.
Weinstein attorney Steven Silpe told the court Weinstein paid $850,000 to Chilton over the last year alone.
Lawyers for the disgraced mogul also argued Katz would set a dangerous precedent if he ruled for Chilton