British prosecutors said they authorized criminal charges against Mr. Weinstein for an incident in 1996.
The evacuation of the square in Central London rattled the capital on the third day of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. The police later said it was not related to terrorism.
The British prime minister and the chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, were among those caught in a police investigation.
There was no indication of whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson was penalized, but the police decision puts a perilous political scandal back in the spotlight.
The judgment comes at a particularly fraught time for London’s Metropolitan Police Service, and as Parliament considers a law that would broaden police powers to clamp down on protests.
The messages were uncovered during the investigation into Wayne Couzens, a London police officer who kidnapped, raped and murdered Sarah Everard in March 2021.
The change at the top comes at an awkward moment for the Metropolitan Police Service: It is investigating the government for breaking lockdown rules and faces scrutiny for its own scandals.
The commissioner, Cressida Dick, announced her resignation under pressure from the mayor over reports of bullying, misogyny and racism on the force.
The request would mean that the senior civil servant Sue Gray’s report on her investigation into Downing Street parties is unlikely to lay out the most serious accusations in full.
Email messages made public by Parliament suggest the British prime minister authorized the evacuation of cats and dogs from an animal charity, despite denying doing so.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other leaders paid their respects to David Amess, who was fatally stabbed while meeting with constituents. The police have a suspect in custody and said the attack was linked to Islamist extremism.
The arrest comes as the force faces scrutiny and criticism over its handling of violence against women, after another officer was sentenced last week in the killing of Sarah Everard.
The guidance after the sentencing of Wayne Couzens, who abused his power as a police officer to falsely arrest and murder Sarah Everard, 33, provoked widespread criticism, anger and mockery.
Wayne Couzens, a British police officer who pleaded guilty to the murder of Sarah Everard, used the pretense of Covid regulations to kidnap the 33-year-old as she was walking home.
The case of Sabina Nessa, 28, whose body was found in a London park, has renewed national outrage over violence against women in Britain.
An official inquiry determined that London police officers — who were seen on video pinning women to the ground as they dispersed a crowd — were justified in their actions.
Protesters were grappled by officers trying to break up the gathering, which had been called to denounce violence against women and to mourn the 33-year-old who was killed this month.
The “Reclaim These Streets” movement in Britain asks why the police demand sacrifices of women rather than forcing men to change to end violence. “It makes my stomach rot,” one organizer said.
Her disappearance last week touched off a national outcry against gender violence. A police officer has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and murder in the case.
His investigations, often conducted under cover, led to the recovery of Munch’s masterpiece as well as stolen paintings by Vermeer and Titian.
The officer is being held on suspicion of murder in connection with the disappearance of Sarah Everard, 33, who went missing after leaving a friend’s house, the police said.
The Metropolitan Police also announced a review of all road traffic stops, as Commissioner Cressida Dick acknowledged that her force was “not free from racism or discrimination.”
Five guns used in Bond films were stolen in March from a collector’s home. Now the police are appealing to the public for information.