The Los Angeles Police Department is forming a specialized “task force” to investigate the rampant sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood due to the overwhelming cases that have emerged in recent weeks.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced the formation of of the special force on Thursday as more allegations continue to come against Hollywood executives and stars on what seems a daily basis.
“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,” Lacey stated.
The formation of the special team comes after weeks of allegations, ranging from sexual harassment to rape, have swept across Hollywood following the bombshell reports exposing Harvey Weinstein.
The LAPD are reportedly investigating at least two claims against the former studio head and one against “Gossip Girls” actor Ed Westwick, according to Page Six.