The lights in Hollywood have dimmed in the past several weeks. And the Los Angeles Police Department are the reason for it.
Well, that actually isn’t true. The reason for the dim lights, the distant stars, are the slew of sexual allegations hurled at various men in the Hollywood Hills. And, the veracity of those allegations.
The LAPD is responding accordingly by establishing a task force.
According to the New York Post:
The sexual abuse problem in Hollywood has gotten so bad that the local DA’s office has decided to form a special task force whose sole purpose is to probe allegations of assault and harassment.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced the team’s creation Thursday as police continue to investigate claims made against some of the movie industry’s biggest names — including producer Harvey Weinstein, director James Toback and actor Ed Westwick.
She said the team will be made up of “veteran sex crimes prosecutors” who will work together to examine each case carefully.
“In response to the widespread allegations of sexual abuse in the entertainment industry, I have established a task force of specially trained deputy district attorneys who are ready to evaluate these cases if any are referred to my office for criminal prosecution,” Lacey said in a statement.
“I have assigned the group of veteran sex crimes prosecutors to work together to ensure a uniformed approach to the legal review and possible prosecution of any case that meets both the legal and factual standards for criminal prosecution.”
So who is currently on this list of sexual predators? While the LAPD is currently focusing on Weinstein and Westwick, the list is far longer.
Indeed, since the Weinstein scandal broke out, several more have been added to this list. From Ben Affleck to Kevin Spacey, these Hollywood predators are finally facing their prey.
In early October, reports surfaced that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually harassed or assaulted multiple women over decades.
The public condemnation of Weinstein has seemingly emboldened others to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against celebrities — with studios, networks and major companies responding — in what some have dubbed the “Weinstein ripple effect.”
The article lists some of the most notable men in Hollywood–including the aforementioned Affleck and Spacey.
Hours after actor Ben Affleck released a statement condemning Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct, Affleck was accused of groping Hilarie Burton, an actress and former host of MTV’s “Total Request Live,” in the early 2000s.
“I was a kid,” Burton, now 35, said on Twitter. In a follow-up post, she included a video showing the uncensored “TRL” cold open in which she says, in apparent reference to Affleck, “He comes over and tweaks my left boob.”
“I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize,” Affleck said on Twitter.
And Spacey’s allegations are primarily from younger men.
Broadway veteran Anthony Rapp accused “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey of climbing on top of him in a sexual manner when he was 14 years old and Spacey was 26 or 27 at a party in Spacey’s New York apartment.
“I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago,” Spacey wrote in a statement on Twitter. “But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”
Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos also accused Spacey of inappropriate touching during an encounter at the Old Vic theater in London, where Spacey served as artistic director from 2004 until 2015.
Spacey was later accused by eight people who currently or previously worked on the “House of Cards” set of creating a “toxic” work environment, CNN reported. Among those eight unnamed accusers, some also claimed the actor sexually harassed or assaulted them.
Some of the others on the list included Roy Price, Oliver Stone, Bob Weinstein, John Besh, James Toback, Leon Wieseltier, Terry Richardson, George H.W. Bush, Mark Halperin, Michael Oreskes, Jeremy Piven, Dustin Hoffman, Brett Ratner, Ed Westwick, Steven Seagal, and Louis C.K.
This is absolutely nauseating. And, sadly, I’m sure there are Harvey Weinsteins in every position. People simply need to speak up and not let the elite get away with this any more.