The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office announced this week that they will not pursue charges against Kevin Spacey, Steven Seagal, or Anthony Anderson.
All three entertainers were the subject of sexual misconduct allegations this year. Broadway star Anthony Rapp alleged in October that former “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey propositioned him at a house party in 1986 when Rapp was only 14 years old. Since then, Spacey has apologized and numerous other sexual misconduct accusations have been levied against him. After announcing in April that a sexual assault accusation regarding Spacey and an unnamed male was under review, the office announced on Tuesday that they would not be prosecuting Spacey in relation to that case because the statute of limitations has run out, Reuters reports. Another case, that the office began looking into in August, is still under review.
Similarly, the office will not be charging Seagal because the allegations against him also fell outside of California’s statute of limitations, Reuters reports. Earlier this year, two women alleged that Seagal sexually assaulted them. Regina Simons told The Wrap in January that Seagal raped her at a party when she was working as an extra on his 1994 film on “On Deadly Ground,” while Faviola Dadis, a former model, alleged to the outlet that Seagal groped her during an audition in 2002. Seagal denied the allegations via his lawyer in a statement to USA Today in March.
The D.A.’s office also declined to pursue charges against Anderson, citing lack of evidence after his accuser opted not to be interviewed, according to Reuters. The Los Angeles police department launched an investigation in July after an unnamed woman accused Anderson of sexually assaulting her during a business meeting, the Los Angeles Times reports. Anderson “unequivocally [disputed]” the claims in a statement to the Times.
Amid a wave of sexual assault allegations in Hollywood and the growing #MeToo movement, the district attorney’s office created a special task force in November to handle all such matters.
[Photos: Steven Seagal attends the SMASH Global V pre-Oscar fight at Taglyan Complex on February 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. By Paul Archuleta/Getty Images; Kevin Spacey attends the 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. By Frazer Harrison/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA; Anthony Anderson attends the 2018 NBA Awards Show at Barker Hangar on June 25, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. By Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images]
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