The FBI has opened an investigation into Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein, according to The Daily Mail.
The Mail on Wednesday reported that the move came at the behest of President Trump’s Justice Department.
The DOJ instructed the FBI to start investigating the growing sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein, but it is unknown if Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed the move.
The FBI is expected to examine multiple allegations against Weinstein, including whether he committed any federal crimes in the U.S.
One of the accusations against Weinstein is that he forced an aspiring actress named Lucia Evans to perform oral sex on him in New York in 2004.
New York has no statue of limitations on rape and criminal acts – the state’s legal term for forced anal or oral intercourse.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) on Wednesday confirmed that they had opened an investigation into Weinstein.
The NYPD’s Special Victims Division has been tasked to “endeavor to identify and locate and interview any potential victims” of Weinstein’s.
“We do not confirm or deny the existence of ongoing investigations,” a spokesperson for the FBI in New York said.
Actresses Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rose McGowan are among the scores of women who have recently accused Weinstein of sexually harassing them.
The New York Times last week published an expose detailing similar allegations against Weinstein stretching back decades.
Weinstein’s position at his powerful Hollywood company has since been terminated, and he has fiercely denied the allegations against him.
The scandal has extended into politics as Weinstein was a major Democratic donor before the allegations emerged.