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Maybe Brits can do what U. S. didn’t: UK sex assault investigation of Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein widens

LONDON (AP) — British media reported Tuesday that police have widened their investigation into sexual assault claims against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Citing unidentified sources, the Independent newspaper, Press Association and Sky News say London’s Metropolitan Police was now investigating allegations by seven women over incidents that reportedly took place from the 1980s to 2015.

Police declined to comment, only saying Tuesday that officers from its child abuse and sexual offenses command were probing sexual assault allegations made by seven victims under what it called “Operation Kaguyak.” British police do not identify people under investigation until charges are laid.

The news came just days after the British Film Institute stripped Weinstein of its highest honor, saying his alleged “appalling conduct” stands in opposition to the organization’s values.

Police in Britain first confirmed they had opened an investigation into Weinstein in early October after receiving an allegation of sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s.

Weinstein denies having any non-consensual sexual activity.

Featured Image: In this March 7, 2012 file photo, U.S film producer and movie studio chairman Harvey Weinstein during an interview with the Associated Press in Paris, the same day as Weinstein received, Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. French President Emmanuel Macron says Sunday Oct. 15, 2017 that he wants to revoke Harvey Weinstein’s Legion of Honor award after the wave of accusations of sexual harassment and abuse against the Hollywood titan. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)