Laura Madden from Co. Monaghan claims that Weinstein asked her for a massage several times in 1991 while they stayed in a hotel in Dublin.

Irish police (Gardaí) has allegedly begun an investigation into sexual assault claims made against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein by an Irish woman formerly in his employ. It is believed that Gardaí were informed of the claims after it emerged that a formal complaint made by Co. Monaghan woman Laura Madden may have included incidents that took place in the Republic of Ireland.

Madden, a former executive for Weinstein company Miramax, lodged a formal complaint with UK police on October 31, 2017. She was among the first women to speak publicly with the New York Times about her experience with the movie exec.

Madden claims that on several occasions throughout 1991, while she worked for Miramax, Weinstein asked her for massages while they were staying in hotels in London and in Dublin. The assaults are alleged to have taken place during the filming of popular Irish movie “Into the West” starring Gabriel Byrne and written by Jim Sheridan. 

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UK police have since forwarded these complaints to Gardaí for investigation.

Speaking to the Irish Times, Gardaí stated they could not comment on any named individuals, “nor do we comment on, confirm or deny any communications with police forces in other jurisdictions.”

"He had a way of making anyone who objected feel like an outlier,” Madden said last year when she first went on the record with her claims.

“It was so manipulative. You constantly question yourself – am I the one who is the problem?”

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