The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office is reviewing a sex crime case against Academy Award-winning actor Sylvester Stallone.
The incident allegedly took place in 1990 and the accuser filed a report against Stallone in November 2017, according to the Santa Monica Police Department.
But the Santa Monica Police Department announced the charges against Stallone on Thursday.
Stallone’s attorney, Martin Singer, contends the woman who made the complaint engaged in a consensual relationship with Stallone in the 1980s and the relationship had always been consensual.
Singer also blasted the police department for publicizing allegations that have yet to be investigated.
“My client categorically denies the allegations. It’s outrageous that the DA’s office and PD would announce this information because it makes the public think that there’s something there,” Stallone’s attorney, Martin Singer, told CNN. “It’s not appropriate to try to ruin someone by doing this,” he added.
Singer doubled down in his criticism of the police department, arguing in an interview with the New York Post, arguing that the District Attorney’s office deliberately intended to tarnish Stallone by making the decades old allegation public.
The D.A.’s office only revealed it was reviewing the case to “get it out there that they’re investigating these matters,” he told the Post. “You don’t see police or the D.A.’s office issuing statements about everybody who files a police report — people would get ruined,” he said. “Why go to the media? Why not do the investigation first?”
The woman has made the allegations, which have expired the statue of limitations, for purely opportunistic reasons, Singer argued.
“This woman filed a police report after a website would not publish her story,” he claimed “She came forward trying to get a story published in November about Stallone with an entertainment website. The woman claimed there was someone who could corroborate what happened. When questioned by the site, the person told a reporter that her claims were absolutely false. They said [the alleged victim] was always boasting about her relationship with Stallone.”
“Two witnesses came forward and disputed her story,” he continued. “One was her boyfriend who had been with her for over 10 years. He said she only said the best things about Stallone, told him he was the greatest guy. The only thing that ever upset her was that he slept with someone who worked with him.”
California ended the statute of limitations on some sex crimes in 2016, including rape, forcible sodomy and molestation of a child. But the amended law applies only to crimes committed after January 1, 2017, and offenses for which the statute of limitations had not expired by that date.
Stallone, the iconic star of the 1976 Academy Award-winning “Rocky,” is an ardent Trump supporter.
The allegations revealed about Stallone comes days after the icon appeared with President Trump at the White House. After notifying Trump about the racially charged conviction of boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, Stallone joined Trump an the Oval Office ceremony on May 26 as the commander in chief granted a rare posthumous pardon of Johnson.
Johnson was convicted in 1913 by an all-white jury for violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral” purposes. He was traveling with his white girlfriend.
Stallone was also briefly featured in the video Trump showed the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, promising “a new world.”
Many suspect Stallone is being attacked because he is an outspoken supporter of the Republican president.