In this July 9, 2018 file photo, Harvey Weinstein is escorted in handcuffs to a courtroom in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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A task force launched last November by Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey to handle the surge in allegations against entertainment figures has taken up criminal cases involving nearly two dozen entertainment-industry figures.The lack of prosecutions stems from a clash between the #MeToo ethos, which encourages victims to come forward years or even decades after abuse and harassment that they've kept private, and a legal system that demands fast reporting of crimes and hard evidence.The task force has considered charges against 22 suspects, including Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, director James Toback and former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, all of whom have denied engaging in any sex that was not consensual.Cases involving six suspects, including Weinstein and Spacey, both of whom have multiple accusers, remain open.In 14 of the closed cases, charges were declined because the allegations were reported too late and thus outside the statute of limitations. Courts have ruled that statutes of limitations cannot be altered to include suspects who are already past them, so the new laws only apply to crimes from 2017 onward, meaning the practical effects likely won't be felt for years.
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