Maybe the Los Angeles Times editors just can’t help themselves. Maybe their elitism and love of the Hollywood Left is just too overpowering.
What else can explain why they would downplay an Italian model’s rape allegations against sex criminal Harvey Weinstein?
In the months since a long list of famous women across the globe began accusing producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, one Los Angeles case is emerging as the most likely to result in criminal charges.
It involves an Italian model-actress who alleges Weinstein raped her in a Beverly Hills hotel room five years ago. According to law enforcement sources, detectives believe the case is promising because the woman told her story to three people, including her priest, relatively soon after the alleged attack. LAPD detectives also have obtained bills showing she was at the hotel at the time, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.
All that, yet the Los Angeles Times thinks the case is far from overwhelming. (They still love the rapist Weinstein.)
The fact is, under a 1995 law, California allows alleged sex crime victims to testify as witnesses in order to establish a pattern of behavior or propensity to commit a crime.
“You don’t need physical evidence to prosecute Harvey Weinstein. You need admissible evidence that proves your case beyond reasonable doubt,” said former L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley. “You could see a parade of famous actresses testifying.”
Cooley and other legal experts said prosecutors can use the testimony of other Weinstein accusers to make the case that the Italian model’s allegations are part of a much larger pattern of misconduct by Weinstein.
So far, some 85 actresses, assistants and models have accused Weinstein of various acts of sexual misconduct. Actresses Annabella Sciorra, Rose McGowan, Lysette Anthony and Paz de la Huerta all have publicly accused him of rape.
That’s apparently not enough for the Times.