Authorities in Los Angeles and New York said Thursday they had opened new investigations into Harvey Weinstein, the latest in a series of criminal probes into conduct by the disgraced film mogul which has sparked a sexual harassment scandal roiling Hollywood and other industries.
New York Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Friday that investigators have interviewed actress Paz de la Huerta, who publicly accused Weinstein of raping her twice in her apartment in 2010.
Boyce said detectives found the "Boardwalk Empire" actress' story believable and corroborated portions of her account.
She called police on Oct. 26, he said.
The factors that made her story credible included: "The ability to articulate each and every minute of the crime, where she was, where they met, where this happened and what he did," he said.
De la Huerta spoke to CBS News by phone and said the first rape occurred in October 2010 after Weinstein gave her a ride home from a party, insisted on having a drink in her apartment and forced himself on her. She said the second rape occurred in December 2010 after Weinstein came to her apartment; she had been drinking and was not in a condition to give consent, CBS reported the actress said.
Speaking at a police briefing, Boyce said of Weinstein: "If this person was still in new York, and it was recent, we'd go right away and make the arrest. No doubt. But we're talking about a 7-year-old case. And we have to move forward gathering evidence first."
Investigators could seek an arrest warrant, which requires a court order, or hand the evidence over to prosecutors to put the allegations to a grand jury to seek an indictment.
The Manhattan district attorney's office said a senior prosecutor has been assigned to investigate allegations but didn't comment further.
Los Angeles police are investigating allegations about Weinstein that occurred in 2015, but spokesman Josh Rubenstein said he could not provide any additional details. The department is also investigating a report by an Italian actress and model who said she was raped by Weinstein in 2013.
Weinstein representative Sallie Hofmeister reiterated a statement that Weinstein, 65, denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.
Authorities in Beverly Hills and London are also investigating Weinstein for possible criminal cases.
The investigations came four weeks after The New York Times published an expose of sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein, leading to his firing from the company he co-founded and his expulsion from the producers guild and the organization that bestows the Academy Awards.
The accusations against Weinstein have prompted numerous allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against powerful men in Hollywood and other industries.
London police are investigating an alleged 2008 sexual assault reportedly linked to Kevin Spacey, British media including The Sun reported Friday.
Police Friday did not identify Spacey by name but said the department's child abuse and sexual offences unit is investigating the reported assault after it was referred to police two days ago.
CNN reported on Thursday that eight current or former "House of Cards" workers claim that Spacey made the production a "toxic" workplace and one ex-employee alleges the actor sexually assaulted him.
The workers' identities were withheld from Thursday's report because they fear professional fallout, the cable news channel said.
Among them is a former production assistant who alleged that Spacey assaulted him during one of the Netflix show's early seasons, and CNN reported that all of the people described Spacey's behaviour as predatory.
The report accuses Spacey of allegedly targeting staffers who were typically young and male with nonconsensual touching and crude comments.
Variety reported Friday that Netflix had severed ties with Spacey, and the company would not be involved in "House of Cards" with the actor.
Netflix had earlier suspended production on the series, which was slated to end after its sixth season. The streaming service and "House of Cards" producers said Thursday that one allegation against Spacey involved a remark and gesture made during production of the show's first season in 2012. After, Spacey willingly participated in training and producer Media Rights Capital said it was not aware of any additional complaints against the actor since then.
The production company said it has instituted a hotline for complaints and will investigate them thoroughly. There was no word on the fate of "House of Cards" in Thursday's statements.
A person with knowledge of the decision said late Thursday that Spacey's publicist and talent agency CAA have parted ways with the actor. His representatives on Wednesday said the two-time Oscar winner was in treatment for an unspecified condition.
Also on Thursday, actor Corey Feldman appeared on "The Dr. Oz Show" and named the man who he said molested him when he was a young teen.
Feldman made his comments in an interview with series host Mehmet Oz and in an on-air call that Oz identified as being to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison says the department is aware of the show, but no report has yet been filed.
The Associated Press is withholding his name because the man could not be located to comment on Feldman's allegations.
Feldman, 46, gained fame in the 1980s with films including "Gremlins," "The Goonies" and "Stand by Me."
While the outcome of criminal investigations into allegations against Weinstein remains unclear, the producer may have to give sworn testimony in a lawsuit he filed against his former company.
Attorneys for The Weinstein Co. told a Delaware judge on Thursday that they want to take sworn testimony from the producer, who is suing to gain access to his personnel file and emails.
Weinstein's seeking the records to defend himself in potential civil and criminal cases, and to help the company respond to a civil rights investigation by New York's attorney general.
The judge said Weinstein could be deposed, even though his attorney said a deposition would be "tricky" and "fraught with problems," given the ongoing criminal investigations. The attorney said Weinstein's ability to testify would be limited without waiving his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.
With files from Reuters