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L.A. prosecutors decline to charge Sylvester Stallone after sexual assault claim

L.A. prosecutors decline to charge Sylvester Stallone after sexual assault claim
Los Angeles prosecutors will not pursue charges against Sylvester Stallone for a decades-old assault allegation. (Getty Images)

Los Angeles County prosecutors have decided not to charge actor Sylvester Stallone in connection with decades-old sexual assault allegations, records show.

In a memorandum made public Tuesday, prosecutors said witnesses could not corroborate allegations that the 72-year-old actor sexually assaulted a woman in 1987 and 1990. The allegations, which were referred to prosecutors by the Santa Monica Police Department, were also beyond the statute of limitations for a filing of sexual assault, according to the memo.

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Prosecutors said Stallone and the victim previously had a consensual sexual relationship, according to the memo.

The allegations first surfaced in June, the latest in a wave of accusations leveled against Hollywood stars in the wake of the #MeToo movement, which has seen a number of powerful actors, producers and politicians disgraced and in some cases criminally prosecuted for sexual assault and harassment.

Stallone’s attorney, Martin Singer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In a previous interview with The Times, Singer referred to the allegations as a “complete fabrication.”

Singer said the woman behind the report had first approached an entertainment website and when it did not publish a story, she contacted Santa Monica police. When Stallone’s legal team learned of the allegations, one of his lawyers filed a complaint with the Santa Monica police, contending that the allegations amounted to a false police report.

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