Harvey Weinstein Accuser's Lawyer Spills Details of Alleged Rape ... In News Conference

10/20/2017 12:30 PM PDT

Harvey Weinstein, Rape Accuser's Lawyer Spills Details of Her Story in New Conference

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The lawyer representing Harvey Weinstein's rape accuser got before microphones today ... the question is why.

David Ring says his client had a "thorough interview" with the LAPD Thursday, and the #1 priority for her is the criminal investigation.

He says she's 38 years old, from Italy where she was an actress. Ring says she had met Weinstein in Rome prior to the alleged 2013 rape, but that was it. He repeated what she told the L.A. Times ... that Weinstein "bullied" his way into her hotel room and raped her.

Ring says the L.A. Times found out about the investigation and confronted him so he talked. He did not explain why he didn't simply say, "no comment."