FILE - In this July 9, 2018 file photo, Harvey Weinstein is escorted in handcuffs to a courtroom in New York. The #MeToo movement has sent dozens of once-powerful men in Hollywood into exile, but it has yet to put many of them in handcuffs or courtrooms. Weinstein has been charged with sexual assault in New York and Bill Cosby has been sent to prison in Pennsylvania in the year since stories on Weinstein in The New York Times and The New Yorker set off waves of revelations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood. But those two central figures have been exceptions. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Charges rare for Hollywood figures in year since Weinstein

October 06, 2018 - 10:15 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The #MeToo movement has sent dozens of once-powerful men in Hollywood into exile, but it has yet to put many of them in handcuffs or jail cells.

It's becoming increasingly apparent that the lack of criminal charges may remain the norm.

A task force launched last year by Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey to handle the surge in allegations against entertainment figures has considered cases against nearly two dozen men, but none have been charged.

In the overwhelming majority of cases, prosecutors cite the fact that the statute of limitations has expired.

Advocates and even some accusers say the lack of charges isn't a concern. They cite the willingness of police and prosecutors to listen to their allegations and take them seriously as progress.