LAPD chief expects more high-profile Hollywood sex crime allegations

A Los Angeles Police Department helicopter flies over the Hollywood sign in Hollywood Calif. Feb. 21 2014

A Los Angeles Police Department helicopter flies over the Hollywood sign in Hollywood Calif. Feb. 21 2014

Charlie Beck, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) told the Los Angeles Times: "We anticipate the LAPD and other jurisdictions will receive even more high-profile sex crime reports in the coming weeks and months".

As well as the investigations it now has open, the force has also passed on 37 cases to other jurisdictions where it believes the crimes may have occurred.

Speaking via email to the Los Angeles Times, Beck said five teams of two special assignment detectives are investigating various allegations. "The high-profile nature of these particular cases has not changed our unyielding commitment to seek justice for ALL victims of sexual assault".

Actor Corey Feldman recently reported to the LAPD that he was sexually abused by two adults as a child in the industry. Mega-star Kevin Spacey issued an apology while claiming he remembered events differently from his accusers.

'Our detectives are coordinating closely with our local prosecutors and other police agencies including the NYPD. The teams include members of the cold-case unit because those detectives are experts in dealing with old criminal allegations that lack physical evidence.

However, he thanked Feldman for coming forward, and asked others who believe that they have been affected to do the same. More than 50 have now made allegations ranging from sexual harassment to rape.

Los Angeles police say more celebrities may face sex-crime accusations in the aftermath of Harvey Weinstein's downfall as officers investigate 28 allegations linked to Hollywood or the media.

Those now under investigation by the LAPD include former studio executive Harvey Weinstein, actor Ed Westwick, "Girls" writer Murray Miller and talent agent Tyler Grasham.

Weinstein is one of those on the LAPD's books, but he has been joined by a number of other figures as others, emboldened by the high-profile case, have come forward.

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