Three sex assault cases on Weinstein at prosecutors
POLICE have submitted three sexual assault cases against disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein to prosecutors.
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office is also believed to be reviewing two other possible cases previously submitted by the Beverly Hills Police Department.
Dozens of Hollywood women – including Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Beckinsale, Salma Hayek and Uma Thurman – have accused Weinstein (pictured) of acts ranging from sexual harassment to rape.
The veteran producer, who is reportedly in treatment for sexual addiction as he faces parallel investigations by police in New York and London, has repeatedly denied having non-consensual sex.
LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in November she had created a specialised task force to evaluate cases of “sexual abuse in the entertainment industry.” She said the team included specialist sex crimes prosecutors who would review cases to determine if criminal charges were warranted.
The Weinstein scandal touched off a deluge of allegations against powerful men in entertainment, politics and the media, forcing many industries to examine their workplace policies.