The chief of the Los Angeles Police Department said that he expects an influx of even more reports of high-profile sex crimes as the department investigates more than two dozen allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood types.
We anticipate the LAPD and other jurisdictions will receive even more high profile sex crime reports in the coming weeks and months, LAPD chief Charlie Beck said in an email to the Los Angeles Times.
We encourage all victims of sexual assault to come forward to report these crimes, Beck wrote.
The LAPD is currently investigating 28 cases of alleged sex crimes against those in the entertainment industry including disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick, Girls writer and executive producer Murray Miller, and talent agent Tyler Grasham, according to the Times.
The police department has also taken 37 other sex crimes reports, which it sent to other law enforcement agencies.
To handle cases related exclusively to allegations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, the LAPD has set up five teams of two detectives, which includes members of the cold-case unit, the newspaper reported.
We recognize the significant trauma these victims suffer at the hands of the predators who commit these heinous crimes, Beck said in the email.
Our detectives are coordinating closely with our local prosecutors and other police agencies including the NYPD. The high profile nature of these particular cases has not changed our unyielding commitment to seek justice for ALL victims of sexual assault.