After the Harvey Weinstein revelations, the dam has broken on sexual misconduct allegations that police are investigating all over the world.
In addition to many sexual misconduct investigations, mostly related to Harvey Weinstein, police in other major cities are dealing with new complaints of sexual assault and harassment. Harvey Weinstein was like the cork in a large bottle of accusations of sexual abuse. Now that he’s been shown to not be invincible, people are realizing that others can be exposed as well.
At this point, however, we can’t know how many cases are actionable and how many might be opportunistic false accusations.
Police in London, Los Angeles and New York are working to untangle an ever-growing mass of sexual assault and harassment complaints against powerful men, creating challenges even for big cities used to handling celebrities.
Most of the cases stem from claims against media mogul Harvey Weinstein — but authorities say they’ve also taken complaints made against other men in power.
“It’s an international phenomenon,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said when asked about investigations into Weinstein. “These ladies were sexually assaulted, harassed, and they acquired psychological damage, so we have to move very cautiously with anyone who comes in — and that’s what we’re doing.”
Unlike cases involving everyday people, pressure from the media and high-powered attorneys create added problems for investigators, and many of the recent allegations date back years, sometimes passing the statute of limitations.
Los Angeles police say they have 27 open investigations into entertainment figures, including actor Ed Westwick and agent Tyler Grasham, in addition to Weinstein. The LAPD has also taken more than 30 other reports of sexual misconduct that occurred in other parts of the U.S. and overseas and referred those cases to other law enforcement agencies.
Separately, Beverly Hills police say its department alone is investigating a dozen allegations of sexual assault involving figures in the entertainment industry.
London police say they are investigating sexual assault allegations from nine people.
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