The sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein have gotten the attention of the federal government.
The U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York has begun a criminal probe investigating in part whether the disgraced mogul, 66, enticed or persuaded any women to cross state lines with the intent of committing a sex crime, which is potentially a federal offense, according to The Wall Street Journal, which was first to report the news.
Weinstein’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, confirmed to PEOPLE that he has met with federal prosecutors in the SDNY “in an attempt to dissuade them from proceeding” and will continue to meet with them moving forward.
“Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in nonconsensual sexual acts,” Brafman added.
A representative for the SDNY declined to comment.
Meanwhile, Weinstein is already under investigation by the New York Police Department a