NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce has announced that their investigation into the allegations against the now-infamous Hollywood elite producer is going “very, very well” and they are apparently ready and willing to take the next step.
“We’re ready to go with an arrest,” the official said yesterday afternoon.
According to police sources, the NYPD has been investigating five separate sexual assault allegations against Weinstein. One case is said to be particularly strong.
The NYPD does not name sex crime victims, but the victim in this instance has spoken for publication about the alleged assault.
As she recounted in a 2017 New Yorker article by Ronan Farrow, Lucia Evans was a college student interested in an acting career when she met Weinstein at the Cipriani Upstairs nightspot in the summer of 2004. Weinstein offered her professional guidance and she imagined that was his intention she arrived at his office for a daytime meeting.
As Evans subsequently recounted to Farrow and to detectives from the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit, Weinstein made his real purpose clear when he forced her to perform oral sex.
Evans, who has since married and moved on to interests unrelated to acting, seems to be as determined as the detectives are to follow through in the Weinstein case.
She told The New Yorker: “I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him… I just sort of gave up. That’s the most horrible part of it, and that’s why he’s been able to do this for so long to so many women: people give up, and then they feel like it’s their fault.”
She also recalled that Weinstein had seemed unconcerned about any possible consequences after the attack.
“It was like it was just another day for him,” she said. “It was no emotion.”
A decade later, Weinstein seems bound for a day of reckoning. The SVU detectives had a few final details to chase down in recent days, but now they are ready to make the collar in at least one case. They only need Vance to give the go-ahead.