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Press ReleaseRachel Rossi’s Statement on Harvey Weinstein Criminal Charges in Los Angeles

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“While I am pleased to see our District Attorney Jackie Lacey finally charge Harvey Weinstein here in Los Angeles, the timing of these charges, and Jackie Lacey’s approach to the case, further demonstrate her willingness to use victims for political gain when convenient.

“Ms. Lacey’s treatment of victims in this case, whether a case was filed or not, stands in stark contrast to her treatment of the victims in Ed Buck’s investigation.  Lacey’s office investigated eight alleged victims of Harvey Weinstein — declining to file charges for 3 of them.  At a press conference, Ms. Lacey described her office’s years-long effort to work with all of the alleged Weinstein victims, noting “[i]t was very challenging to get those victims to open up and tell us what they needed to tell us.”   However, when the families of those victimized by Ed Buck sought to meet with the District Attorney, a federal lawsuit alleges they were dismissed and intimidated by the D.A., and meetings were refused.

“The pursuit of justice for victims must no longer be a political stunt.  Justice must be equally sought for all.  As District Attorney, I would provide the same respect to all victims of crime, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or economic status.”

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