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Actress' new rape accusations against Harvey Weinstein may be the first to result in charges

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Actress Paz de la Huerta has accused film producer Harvey Weinstein of raping her twice in her apartment in 2010. De la Huerta's allegations may be the first to result in charges being filed against Weinstein. (Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

"Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta alleges Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein raped her twice in her apartment in 2010.

De la Huerta's allegations may be the first to result in charges being filed against Weinstein, according to NME magazine.

More than 60 women have come forward with similar allegations against the film producer over the last month.

What happened?

The actress told Vanity Fair that the first assault happened when she was finally making her breakthrough in the entertainment industry. She started in the business as a teen.

At the time of the first alleged rape, De la Huerta, 26 at the time, had recently started in her recurring role in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," which was earning her a lot of praise. 

On a November night, de la Huerta saw Weinstein at a hotel bar in Manhattan, according to the story, and he offered her a ride home.

When they arrived at her apartment, the actress said he demanded to go inside for a drink.

“Immediately when we got inside the house, he started to kiss me and I kind of brushed [him] away,” De la Huerta told Vanity Fair on Wednesday. “Then he pushed me onto the bed and his pants were down and he lifted up my skirt. I felt afraid. . . . It wasn’t consensual . . . It happened very quickly. . . . He stuck himself inside me. . . . When he was done he said he’d be calling me. I kind of just laid on the bed in shock.”

Later that same month, Weinstein showed up uninvited in the lobby of her apartment building. The actress said she'd been drinking at the time and was scared of Weinstein.

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

"I did say no, and when he was on top of me I said, 'I don't want to do this,'" de la Huerta told Vanity Fair. "He kept humping me and it was disgusting. He’s like a pig. . . . He raped me.”

Weinstein promised her a stage role and then left de la Huerta's apartment. She never saw him again, according to the magazine.

Did she tell anyone about the incidents?

De la Huerta, now 33, told her therapist after the incidents happened. The therapist has written a letter recalling their sessions about the alleged rapes, Vanity Fair reported.

In 2014, she also shared her story with journalist Alexis Faith who recorded the interview. At de la Huerta's request, the interview was never published.

Is there enough evidence for prosecutors to file charges against Weinstein?

Nicholas DiGaudo, a New York Police Department detective, who is leading the Weinstein investigation, interviewed de la Huerta, the magazine said.

“I believe based on my interviews with Paz that from the NYPD standpoint we have enough to make an arrest,” DiGaudio told Vanity Fair. "The department has reason to assemble its case with particular care."

The actress' attorney provided material to New York District Attorney Maxine B. Rosenthal, who is considering filing charges against the movie mogul.

Anything else?

Investigations amid mounting allegations against Weinstein are taking place in Los Angeles and the United Kingdom.

Weinstein's spokeswoman told Vanity Fair that the film producer "unequivocally denied" all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

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