The Los Angeles D.A. office confirms that they are indeed reviewing the two cases closely. If D.A. Jackie Lacey determines that there is enough evidence present, she will proceed with charging Weinstein with two criminal counts.
This would likely be music to the ears of the plethora of Weinstein’s accusers. Weinstein, who frequented the Beverly Hills Peninsula hotel, conducted many of his encounters with young actresses there. Several of the young ladies claim that they were invited to the hotel presumably to discuss a script, only to then be shuffled up to Weinstein’s room, where the hairy beast answered the door wearing only a towel.
Neither Beverly Hills PD nor the D.A.’s office have commented on which of the two cases they forwarded on. As far back as October, when the Beverly Hills police first received multiple cases, their preliminary review revealed that they were likely to forward about five of the cases to the D.A. for review. So far, only two have been sent, but more may be waiting in the wings.
The district attorney’s latest move comes nearly three months after the initial expose on Weinstein, written in the New York Times. In the story, Weinstein was accused of four decades of sexual misconduct, and his company was exposed as having paid out thousands of dollars in hush money.
To date, more than 80 women have come forward to share these stories. One of the most outspoken was actress Rose McGowan, who said Weinstein raped her then subsequently settled with her monetarily to be quiet. Joining McGowen are such prominent actresses as Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, and Ashley Judd. There were so many that the L.A. district attorney had to establish a task force to deal with all of the allegations.
Amazingly, Weinstein continues to deny any non-consensual sex, even though he was fired from his own company, checked into a sex addiction treatment center, expunged from the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, and left by his wife. But he doesn’t have a problem. Weinstein’s accusations started the ball rolling, and then others like Louis C.K. Kevin Spacey and Matt Lauer were subsequently exposed.
Beverly Hills authorities say that they have at least a dozen ongoing investigations of sexual assault by multiple celebrities. The police so far have not interviewed Weinstein or talked with his attorneys. Additionally, L.A. prosecutors are reviewing five other cases that involve not only Weinstein but also director James Toback, who looks like a younger version of Weinstein. As the Weinstein complaints rolled in, so did multiple complaints about Toback. In fact, over 30 women, such as famous actress Rachel McAdams, have cried sexual harassment involving the director.
Los Angeles is only one of Weinstein’s many problems. London police are looking into nearly a dozen allegations that Weinstein raped women while in England. And that’s not all. The district attorney’s office in Manhattan was looking before Thanksgiving at convening a grand jury regarding indictment for Weinstein sex crimes in New York.
The Manhattan D.A. is looking into charges from actress Paz de la Huerta who has stated that Weinstein raped her in 2010. In total, 17 criminal investigations into Weinstein’s behavior have been launched. Many will likely end up too old to prosecute, as the statute of limitations has long run out.
Other actresses, including McGowan, Asia Argento, Lucia Evans and Lysette Anthony have all gone on record saying they were raped or forced to perform sex acts.
Weinstein’s lawyers continue to feign innocence on his behalf: “Mr. Weinstein has never at any time committed an act of sexual assault, and it is wrong and irresponsible to conflate claims of impolitic behavior or consensual sexual contact later regretted with an untrue claim of criminal conduct. There is a wide canyon between mere allegation and truth, and we are confident that any sober calculation of the facts will prove no legal wrongdoing occurred. Nonetheless, to those offended by Mr. Weinstein’s behavior, he remains deeply apologetic.”