LAPD reveals it's investigating 28 Hollywood sex scandals
The last couple of months have been pretty soul-destroying in terms of everything that's come to light about the Hollywood sex scandals.
It all began with an expose published in the New York Times, which implicated the film producer Harvey Weinstein in a number of sexually inappropriate incidents involving other Hollywood stars and workers. In the weeks that followed this initial report, various other celebrities were named as instigators of similar offenses.
Kevin Spacey has now had more than 20 allegations made against him, Ed Westwick has been accused of at least two separate rapes, and Corey Feldman has promised to name an indiscriminate number of child abusers within the film and TV industry.
While all this was being revealed via social media and journalistic investigations, however, very little legal action seems to have been taken against the accused stars - something which many people were disturbed by.
Finally, though, after months of rumors, the LAPD has finally revealed that it is currently investigating 28 sex crimes related to Hollywood - and they've already passed on 37 other cases to the relevant jurisdictions.
What's even more interesting is that the police department believe that there are still more incidents which have yet to be disclosed to the public.
“We anticipate the LAPD and other jurisdictions will receive even more high profile sex crime reports in the coming weeks and months,” said Los Angeles Police Chief, Charlie Beck. “We encourage all victims of sexual assault to come forward to report these crimes.”
Of the investigations that are already underway, Beck revealed that Weinstein and Westwick are amongst those being treated as suspects, as are Murray Miller (a writer recently accused of rape by an actress who was only 17 at the time) and Hollywood agent Tyler Grasham.
Ten detectives split into five teams have been assigned to exclusively focus on the recent abuse scandals, with some allegations being dealt with by cold case investigators because they happened so long ago.
In an interview with the LA Times, Police Chief Beck added:
“We recognize the significant trauma these victims suffer at the hands of the predators who commit these heinous crimes. Our detectives are coordinating closely with our local prosecutors and other police agencies including the NYPD. The high profile nature of these particular cases has not changed our unyielding commitment to seek justice for ALL victims of sexual assault.”
Moreover, the LA County District Attorney, Jackie Lacy, announced earlier this month that she had assigned experienced sex crimes prosecutors to look into the cases individually and “ensure a uniform approach to the legal review and possible prosecution of any case that meets both the legal and factual standards for criminal prosecution.”
So far, all those who have been accused of crimes have denied it - despite the detailed testimonies held against them. Weinstein has only acknowledged his actions so far by claiming that all interactions he had were consensual and that he was seeking treatment for his "sex addiction", whereas the likes of Kevin Spacey and Ed Westwick have remained mostly silent in the face of their accusers.