Deadline reported that the LAPD sent three sexual abuse cases against Harvey Weinstein to the District Attorney’s office. The DA’s office confirmed the three cases are “under review.” The DA received the cases on February 1. A law enforcement source told Deadline that the DA is “very confident these are solid and actionable cases.”
These cases, along with two from the Beverly Hills Police Department (also against Weinstein), are the first to be filed since the LAPD launched a special task force to investigate sex crimes in the entertainment industry. Announced last November as allegations against Weinstein, director James Toback, and Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick filled headlines, the task force consists of “veteran sex crimes prosecutors,” Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement, working in five two-person teams.
individuals with out-of-statute allegations can and should still report to the police, as those reports “could potentially bolster any current and forthcoming case as it creates a pattern of behavior.”