BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills Police Department has launched an investigation into film executive Harvey Weinstein and writer/director James Toback. The Department has announced they have received “multiple complaints” against both Weinstein and Toback, prompting the launch of an investigation.
The BHPD released two statements on Tuesday in response to the news that read:
“The Beverly Hills Police Department has recently received multiple complaints involving Harvey Weinstein. These cases are under investigation and no further information will be released at this time. Anyone desirous of reporting a crime that occurred in the City of Beverly Hills should call (310) 288-2656.”
A similar statement was also released by the police department for James Toback.
Decades of alleged sexual harassment incidents were revealed in recent weeks by The New York Times and New Yorker magazine with several actresses including Rose McGowan, Rosanna Arquette, Mira Sorvino, Asia Argento, Gwyneth Paltrow, Minka Kelly, Kate Beckinsale and Angelina Jolie revealing details of incidents that transpired between them and Harvey Weinstein.
McGowan tweeted on October 8, “This is the girl that was hurt by a monster. This is who you are shaming with your silence.”
Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company on October 8 by the Board of Directors after the allegations surfaced and recently resigned from the company during a board meeting in October. Weinstein was the head of Miramax and started The Weinstein Company with his brother Bob. Harvey is responsible for helping actress Gwyneth Paltrow win her Best Actress Oscar in 1999 for the film “Shakespeare in Love.”
The New York Times broke the story on October 5 that several former associates of Weinstein allege to have been the targets of sexual harassment by the film producer and executive. Included in that list of accusers is actress Ashley Judd and Italian model and actress Ambra Battilana. Battilana claimed that Weinstein assaulted her in March 2015 after he invited her to his Tribeca office under the premise of assisting her film career aspirations.
The New York City Police Department opened an investigation into the incident, but the case was closed when Weinstein agreed to make an undisclosed payment to Battilana. According to reports, over the course of his career, Weinstein has reportedly reached settlements with at least eight different women regarding claims of harassment. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer revealed that he will prosecute all allegations of sexual assault against Weinstein seriously.
“We take allegations like these very seriously, and where the facts support conviction, we will prosecute,” said Feuer in a statement. Josh Rubenstein, the LAPD Director of Communications, backed Feuer’s statement by saying, “We absolutely encourage anyone who may be a victim of sexual assault to come forward and report the crime.”
According to reports, Toback has been accused of inappropriate behavior with a slew of actresses including Julianne Moore, Rachel McAdams and Selma Blair. Actress Caterina Scorsone from the ABC hit series “Grey’s Anatomy” revealed on Tuesday, October 31 disturbing incidents with Toback. He is known for directing films like “Black And White,” and “Two Girls And A Guy” and has been accused of sexual harassment by 40 women, in a recent study conducted by The Los Angeles Times. Toback was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for the 1991 film “Bugsy.”
According to reports, Toback, who had a fetish of walking up to young women and asking them if they wanted to play a role in his upcoming film, had a tendency to later meet up with these same women in a hotel room, privately, and start random conversations about “masturbation.” The conversations were followed with a specific solicitation of sexual nature. Toback would request to be fondled on the nipple, while rubbing himself on the leg of the victim.
On Twitter, “Echo Danon,” an aspiring actress, noted, “If you were involved in Film Business in the ‘90’s, you knew that Harvey Weinstein was a sexual predator. Another one was James Toback.”
Another victim, Kelley Raleigh, tweeted, “I have my own story about James Toback from when I was 18. It’s vile and disgusting. He was around 50 at the time.”
Both Toback and Weinstein have denied all allegations against them. Weinstein recently completed a week-long treatment at a rehab facility in Arizona.