Actress Paz de la Huerta alleges Weinstein raped her twice

Hollywood heavyweights Harvey Weinstein and James Toback have both been accused of sexual assault

New York Police Department spokesman Sergeant Brendan Ryan told AFP that the department is "aware of the sexual assault complaints" and is "actively investigating them".

"He pushed me on the bed", she said, "and it happened all very suddenly".

"He pushed me onto the bed and his trousers were down and he lifted up my skirt".

Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie are among the actresses to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment, while Rose McGowan said he raped her.

I felt afraid.... It wasn't consensual ... She says she had been drinking and was in no state to have consensual sex.

"A senior sex crimes prosecutor is assigned to this investigation, and the Office has been working with our partners in the NYPD since the new allegations came to light".

The accuser, an actress who came forward 10 days ago, told NYPD investigators Weinstein raped her in Lower Manhattan on two different occasions that year, police sources said.

"The first time I was in complete shock and it happened so quickly".

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He followed her up to her apartment where he raped her a second time, according to BBC News.

"He hushed me and said, 'Let's talk about this in your apartment, '" de la Huerta recalled to Vanity Fair after she tried to tell Weinstein to leave her alone.

She told CBS that Weinstein offered to give her a ride back to her apartment after a party in October 2010 because they lived in the same neighborhood.

Detective DiGaudio is leading the investigation for the department, and has received reports from at least three women claiming they were sexually assaulted by Weinstein.

He faces criminal investigations in New York, Los Angeles and London.

"He pulled my dress up and unzipped his trousers and raped me", de la Huerta said.

Weinstein has strenuously denied the allegations levelled against him, which include dozens of women including Gwyneth Paltrow, Lupita Nyong'O and Cara Delevingne.

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