London Police Open Harvey Weinstein Investigation

Move follows NYPD launching its own investigation

The London Metropolitan Police has opened an investigation into sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, according to a statement obtained by TheWrap.

“”The Metropolitan Police Service was passed an allegation of sexual assault by Merseyside Police on Wednesday, 11 October,” the Metropolitan Police Service said in a statement. “The allegation will be assessed by officers from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command.”

The department also said it would not name the suspect involved, but several British media outlets are reporting that it is Weinstein.

The investigation in London follows one opened earlier by the New York Police Department, which is conducting a review of any additional complaints about Weinstein and encouraging victims to come forward by calling 1-800-577-TIPS.

Last week, the New York Times published an explosive article with several individuals including actress Ashley Judd going on the record to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault. A New Yorker article followed earlier this week, with additional accusers and more serious charges, including two instances in which Weinstein allegedly forced women into oral sex.

Weinstein was terminated from his namesake Weinstein Company late Sunday, but he and brother Bob still own 42 percent of the business. Weinstein has since retained a crisis PR firm and criminal attorneys.