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Los Angeles district attorney launches Hollywood harassment task force

(Photo: Getty Images, David Livingston)
(Photo: Getty Images, David Livingston)

With so many big-name people in Hollywood facing allegations of sexual harassment and abuse, the LAPD has been taking on a number of investigations into specific figures like Harvey Weinstein and Ed Westwick, as well as more general targets like the secret ring of pedophiles that Corey Feldman has discussed in the past. Now, to facilitate those sorts of investigations, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has announced that she’s putting together a task force of “specially trained deputy district attorneys” who will be ready to take on any criminal cases that come through her office. She adds that her “group of veteran sex crimes prosecutors” will take a “uniformed approach to the legal review and possible prosecution of any case that meets both the legal and factual standards for criminal prosecution.”


Perhaps the most important detail here, though, is that this is all preemptive. Lacey’s office acknowledges that the LAPD has not presented any cases like this for criminal filing yet, so the task force isn’t actually doing anything at this moment, but the idea is that they’ll be able to immediately and thoroughly jump on anything if it dies happen.

[via Entertainment Weekly]

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