After the many allegations, L.A. law enforcement is looking at Hollywood sex crimes to see if there is a basis for prosecution.
The fact that Hollywood sex crimes and sexual harassment are in the news is a signal of real change in the culture. It is even affecting public officials and law enforcement. The LAPD is taking allegations seriously and investigating them to see if charges are warranted. The police expect to open more investigations of prominent people in the entertainment business.
NBC News reports, “LAPD investigates nearly two dozen sex crime cases tied to Hollywood.”
Los Angeles police are investigating almost two dozen cases of alleged criminal sexual misconduct connected to multiple people within the entertainment industry, a senior department official told NBC News.
The cases involve individuals who are known publicly as well as others who have not yet been identified, the official said Friday.
Allegations span from misdemeanor sexual battery to felony rape, and in many cases, there are multiple complaints lodged against the same individual, the official said. With calls from victims continuing to roll in, the number of investigations is expected to rise.[…]
Half of the cases under investigation by the LAPD fall beyond the state’s statute of limitations, which means they’ve passed the time limit to be prosecuted, the official added.
However, California dropped the statute of limitations on several sex crimes, including rape and child molestation, in 2016 in the wake of sexual assault allegations against comedian Bill Cosby.
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