Neither police statement named Mr. Weinstein, in line with British protocol. The British press, including the BBC, reported that he was the subject of the inquiry.
In New York, the police are looking to interview the actress Lucia Evans, who told The New Yorker that Mr. Weinstein had sexually assaulted her in offices of Miramax (now the Weinstein Company) in TriBeCa in 2004. There is no statute of limitations for prosecution because she alleged that Mr. Weinstein had forced her to perform oral sex on him, officials said.
After The New Yorkerâs investigation was published, detectives searched for any report by Ms. Evans from the time but found none, according to Robert K. Boyce, the chief of detectives for the New York Police Department.
âBut thatâs not unusual,â he said in an interview. âPeople feel shame, and they donât want to come forward.â
He added: âWe reached out to her, and weâll see where that case goes. The statute of limitations does not expire. Thatâs first-degree criminal sex act; it never expires. Not to do that would be not doing my job. So we are going to speak to her.â
The detectives believe that Ms. Evans might be overseas. He said he considered the case âan active investigation, as far as me investigating Lucia Evans,â but added that it was not known whether she would cooperate.
Chief Boyce also said that detectives, out of due diligence, were searching databases to see if there were other complaints made about Mr. Weinstein.
Another New York case involving Mr. Weinstein involves an Italian model, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez. She told the police that in March 2015, Mr. Weinstein had groped her in his TriBeCa office, grabbing her breasts and putting his hand up her skirt.
Detectives from the special victims unit set up a meeting with Mr. Weinstein the following day at a hotel bar in TriBeCa. In an audio recording published by The New Yorker…