George Gascón goes there: Elect him Los Angeles D.A., and Danny Masterson gets a fresh look - 2019-12-10
Last week we told you what we were hearing from a source close to Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who has been silent about a three-year LAPD rape investigation of That '70s Show actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson: If Masterson's victims want justice, they'll have to hope she's voted out of office in March and replaced by former San Francisco D.A. George Gascón.
Gascón left his position in San Francisco so he could return to Los Angeles and try to defeat Lacey, who is seeking a third term. Gascón is promising reform as a progressive Democrat, but he's also criticizing Lacey for doing nothing about several high-profile figures accused of sexual assaults, including Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and yoga instructor Bikram Choudhury.
"Sexual predators are often repeat offenders, and there are six women who have come forward with allegations related to the same man," Gascón said about Choudhury in a statement at his campaign website. "That paints a very troubling picture. Unlike most other types of cases, California law allows sex crime survivors to testify as witnesses in order to establish a pattern of behavior or propensity to commit a crime. We must support all survivors, but from Harvey Weinstein to Ed Buck, Bill Cosby and now Bikram Choudhury, this DA has met a parade of victims with shrugged shoulders. I don't know who will win this race, but I encourage the other candidates to join me in pledging to review the cases involving these predators. It does not matter who you are, how much money you have, or if you work in law enforcement, everyone must be held accountable for their actions."