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LAPD Investigating Polanski for Sexual Assaulting 10-yr-old, Director Calls It Bogus

Roman Polanski is sharing information with LAPD detectives who’ve opened a new investigation into an allegation he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl back in 1975. LAPD just announced the investigation into claims made by Marianne Barnard. She…

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LAPD Investigating Polanski for Sexual Assaulting 10-yr-old, Director Calls It Bogus

Roman Polanski is sharing information with LAPD detectives who’ve opened a new investigation into an allegation he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl back in 1975. LAPD just announced the investigation into claims made by Marianne Barnard. She…

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Terry Crews Reported His Sexual Assault to the LAPD

As more and more everyday folks and celebrities alike share their #MeToo stories, one of the most powerful revelations came from an unexpected source: Terry Crews.

Terry Crews’ story of sexual assault was eye-opening to many. If a tall, muscular, male celebrity and athlete could be groped and still fear to fight back or speak out, how do people imagine that women feel in that situation?

Well there’s good news when it comes to Terry Crews — the police are investigating.

Do you guys watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine?

Terry Crews has been in other things, from Old Spice ads to playing the pro wrestler in Idiocracy, but Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of the best comedies on television.

On it, Terry plays a character who, despite his size and strength, is a nurturing family man with a strong sensitive side and who is wholly unafraid to stray from hypermasculine gender norms.

In other words, Terry Crews plays a character very similar to himself.

Terry Crews was a football player, but before that, he was an art student and is a genuinely good artist. He’s also been quick to eschew toxic masculinity and to support women.

We mention this because Terry Crews is a genuinely good person, and it’s important to know that — even though no one, even bad people, deserve to be sexually assaulted.

After the Harvey Weinstein rape accusations came to light and countless women began sharing their #MeToo stories, Terry Crews tweeted and shared his own story of being groped by a man in the entertainment industry at a party.

This happened in public (it was at a party) and in front of his wife.

As a general rule, you want to be really sure that you have permission before you touch someone else’s genitals.

You might be thinking “oh, it’s a nice surprise,” but you’re basically gambling on the hope that they’ll be pleased.

Just because a lot of folks like having their junk touched doesn’t mean that it’s welcome as a surprise or that you, specifically, have permission to do it.

And that goes for butts and boobs and really any part of their bodies.

The man whom Terry Crews accuses of groping him is Adam Venit, an agent for William Morris Endeavor, who headed the talent agency’s motion picture department.

We say that he headed that department, past tense, because Venit has been placed on leave.

Well, there’s good news, folks.

Terry Crews has filed an official report with the LAPD about his sexual assault.

Describing it all to police can be more difficult, in some ways, than sharing your story with the world.

But it’s an important step.

As satisfying as it might be to see, say, Kevin Spacey scrubbed from a film or to see various famous dirtbags lose their jobs — Harvey Weinstein’s wife left him — only by going to the police can we hope to send these alleged rapists to prison.

Terry Crews isn’t the only one whose brave accusation could lead to real, legal consequences for the accused.

The LAPD is investigating Harvey Weinstein for rape, which could lead to something a lot realer than a stint in rehab, which essentially amounts to a one-week vacation with some therapy.

Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick is under investigation for rape after an actress came forward, and now another actress is sharing a chillingly similar accusation about him.

Fear of consequences — of being victim-blamed, of being ridiculed, of not being believed, and of being deliberately blacklisted by powerful predators — has maintained a culture of silence around Hollywood and elsewhere for far too long.

The more that brave people share their #MeToo stories, the sooner that we can shine a light upon the evil in our midst. The sooner that we can make ourselves better as a society and as a cutlure.

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Harvey Weinstein: Investigated For Rape By LAPD

The astonishing downfall of Harvey Weinstein continued this week with still more allegations of appalling sexual misconduct from the producer who was once considered one of the most powerful men in Hollywood.

The unraveling of Weinstein’s lifetime of lies began with a New York Times exposé detailing decades of sexual assault and harassment allegations.

Once the floodgates were open, dozens more accusations followed.

Actress Asia Argento claimed she was raped by Weinstein when she was just 21 years old.

Shortly thereafter, Rose McGowan stated that she too was raped by Weinstein early in her career.

Weinstein’s accusers now number in the dozens, and there’s no telling how many have yet to come forward.

As with the case of Bill Cosby, the public call for a criminal investigation quickly became deafening, and now it appears that multiple law enforcement outfits are now attempting to determine if Weinstein can be prosecuted.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting today that the LAPD has launched an investigation following a Thursday morning meeting with an Italian model-actress who claims she was assaulted by Weinstein.

There are now six active criminal cases against Weinstein, with New York police investigating two different allegations, and London officials gather information from three Weinstein accusers.

The Los Angeles case could prove especially troubling for Weinstein, as the accusation falls within the 10-year statute of limitations, thus making the 65-year-old liable for prosecution.

Defense attorney and former LA County sex crimes prosecutor Dmitry Gorin told The Times that the latest charge against Weinstein could “open the door to a prosecution if the evidence exists.”

Weinstein has yet to respond to this most recent allegation.

Speaking with the press today, Weinstein’s rep Salle Hofmeister stated, “I can’t respond to some anonymous complaint.”

The accuser, a 38-year-old woman who has asked not to be identified in order to ensure her children’s safety, offered a detailed and harrowing account of Weinstein’s attack:

“He … bullied his way into my hotel room, saying, ‘I’m not going to [have sex with] you, I just want to talk,’” the woman told The Times.

“Once inside, he asked me questions about myself, but soon became very aggressive and demanding and kept asking to see me naked.”

She added:

“He grabbed me by the hair and forced me to do something I did not want to do,” she said. “He then dragged me to the bathroom and forcibly raped me.”

We will have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.

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