Three sex as­sault cases on We­in­stein at pros­e­cu­tors

The Weekend Post - - World -

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.

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