LAPD establishes Hollywood sex-crimes task force
NEW YORK POST – SARA DORN
The Los Angeles Police Department is so overwhelmed by the flood of sexual-assault allegations rocking the entertainment industry that it has established a “Hollywood sex-crimes task force” to deal with the cases, it was reported Saturday.
The department has assigned five detective duos to investigate 28 open sexual-assault cases out of the industries, while sending 37 more cases to other jurisdictions, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Along with the unprecedented number of accusations and the celebrity status of the suspects and some accusers, the cases are presenting unique challenges for detectives.
LAPD Capt. Billy Hayes told the Times that about 95 percent of the cases lack physical evidence, leaving the detectives to rely on witness accounts, which are rare, given that most of the alleged crimes happened in private.
The LAPD is also requiring every accuser be interviewed before the task force decides if the alleged crime occurred within the statute of limitations.
In the case of the alleged forcible touching and rape of an Italian actress by Harvey Weinstein in 2013, detectives interviewed the accuser for 2½ hours and are now trying to corroborate her story with three people she claimed she told, the Times reported, citing unnamed sources.