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

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Los Angeles prosecutors will not pursue charges against Sylvester Stallone for a decades-old assault allegation.
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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.

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.

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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.

james.queally@latimes.com

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