Los Angeles district attorney creates task force for Hollywood sex abuse cases

Asher Tishler

"In response to the widespread allegations of sexual abuse in the entertainment industry, I have established a taskforce of specially trained deputy district attorneys who are ready to evaluate these cases if any are referred to my office for criminal prosecution", she said in a statement.

Lacey made the announcement Thursday as local law enforcement agencies investigate allegations made against such Hollywood heavyweights as producer Harvey Weinstein, director James Toback and actor Ed Westwick, among others.

Legal experts said establishing the task force make sense but continued to caution that such cases can be hard to prove.

Lacey aims to address the allegations of sexual abuse in Hollywood with the help of veteran sex crime prosecutors.

"It is a good idea to have veteran, experienced prosecutors on these cases".

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Hollywood was startled after a bombshell story about Weinstein was exposed in early October, disclosing his 30-year pattern of sexual harassment and workplace intimidation against young female stars and employees. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating allegations of rape and forced oral copulation in 2013 against Weinstein by an Italian model-actress as well as a lewd act in 2015.

Louis CK is the latest high-profile individual to be accused of sexual misconduct.

The majority of cases involve women alleging abuse, but some men like actor Terry Crews have also told police they were abused. All three have publicly denied any wrongdoing.

The Los Angeles Police Department's investigation of Weinstein began last month after the initial accusation.

The Crown Prosecution Service normally reviews any evidence to deem if an individual has a case to answer.


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