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U.S. film producer Harvey Weinstein poses during a photocall at the Cap-Eden-Roc hotel in France, on May 23, 2017. (Credit: YANN COATSALIOU/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. film producer Harvey Weinstein poses during a photocall at the Cap-Eden-Roc hotel in France, on May 23, 2017. (Credit: YANN COATSALIOU/AFP/Getty Images)

In the months since a long list of famous women across the globe began accusing producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, one Los Angeles case is emerging as the most likely to result in criminal charges.

It involves an Italian model-actress who alleges Weinstein raped her in a Beverly Hills hotel room five years ago. According to law enforcement sources, detectives believe the case is promising because the woman told her story to three people, including her priest, relatively soon after the alleged attack. LAPD detectives also have obtained bills showing she was at the hotel at the time, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.

Though the case is far from overwhelming — the sources said detectives have found little physical evidence of an attack and have been unable to secure proof that Weinstein was at the hotel when the woman says the rape occurred — prosecutors will have one additional weapon at their disposal: a California law that allows them to introduce allegations by other women, even those that do not result in criminal charges.

Some legal experts said these additional witnesses could bolster what they described as a “he said, she said” case. The LAPD has forwarded its findings to the L.A. County district attorney’s office, which will decide whether to file charges.

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