Los Angeles, NYC, London chase growing mass of sex cases
Police in London, Los Angeles and New York are working to untangle a growing mass of sexual-assault and harassment complaints against powerful men, creating challenges even for big cities used to handling celebrities.
Most of the cases stem from claims against media mogul Harvey Weinstein – but authorities say they’ve also taken complaints made against other men in power.
“It’s an international phenomenon,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said when asked about investigations into Weinstein.
Unlike cases involving everyday people, pressure from the media and high-powered attorneys create added problems for investigators, and many of the recent allegations date back years, sometimes passing the statute of limitations.
Los Angeles police say they have 27 open investigations into entertainment figures, including actor Ed Westwick and agent Tyler Grasham, in addition to Weinstein. The LAPD has also taken more than 30 other reports of sexual misconduct that occurred in other parts of the U.S. and overseas and referred those cases to other law-enforcement agencies.
London police say they are investigating sexual-assault allegations from nine people.
In New York, detectives have received more than a dozen complaints from people who reported being abused by entertainment industry figures around the country, and they say most of those cases involve Weinstein.