The Los Angeles Police Department reportedly has a whopping twenty-eight open sex crime cases involving Hollywood and media figures under active investigation.
Speaking via email to The Los Angeles Times, police chief Charlie Beck said five teams of two special assignment detectives are investigating various allegations against figures such as Harvey Weinstein, actor Ed Westwick, “Girls” writer Murray Miller and agent Tyler Grasham among others.
All of the accused have denied the allegations, and Beck tells the paper:
“We anticipate the LAPD and other jurisdictions will receive even more high profile sex crime reports in the coming weeks and months. We encourage all victims of sexual assault to come forward to report these crimes.
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”
Beyond the twenty-eight, a further thirty-seven other sex crimes reports have been sent to other jurisdictions with some LAPD cold case unit members also involved. Some cases however could not be pursued because the statute of limitations was already up, with actor Corey Feldman’s report about his sexual abuse as a child in the industry reportedly being one of those.
This report follows in the wake of last week’s stories about alleged cases of sexual misconduct and/or inappropriate behavior involving Pixar head John Lasseter, journalist Charlie Rose, “Wolf Creek” star John Jarratt, and former “Backstreet Boy” Nick Carter.