Stallone accused of sexually assaulting woman he met on ‘Rambo’ set in Israel
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Stallone accused of sexually assaulting woman he met on ‘Rambo’ set in Israel

Police investigating claim; Stallone's lawyer acknowledges star had relationship with plaintiff during 1987 shoot

In this file photo taken on May 24, 2018, US actor Sylvester Stallone looks on before the US president signed a posthumous pardon for former world champion boxer Jack Johnson in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. (AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM)
In this file photo taken on May 24, 2018, US actor Sylvester Stallone looks on before the US president signed a posthumous pardon for former world champion boxer Jack Johnson in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. (AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM)

LOS ANGELES, United States — US prosecutors have launched a probe to determine whether film star Sylvester Stallone should be charged in connection with a sexual assault reported last year, a spokesman said Wednesday.

“A case was presented today by the Santa Monica Police Department regarding Sylvester Stallone,” Greg Risling, a spokesman at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, told AFP.

“It is under review by our sex crime task force.”

The case involves a woman who reported last November that the 71-year-old actor, best known for his roles in the “Rocky” and “Rambo” movies, had assaulted her in 1990 after they met on a movie set in Israel three years earlier.

“Rambo III” was filmed in Israel that year.

Risling declined to provide more details about the alleged assault or to clarify whether California’s 10-year statute of limitations applies in the case.

Police in Santa Monica and Stallone’s attorney, Martin Singer, could also not be reached for comment.

Harvey Weinstein arrives in court in New York, June 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The allegation against the star comes in the wake of the #MeToo movement that has focused attention on sexual harassment in Hollywood and beyond.

Singer in December told US media when the allegation first surfaced that his client “categorically disputes the claim and it is apparent that the woman filed the report to get a media outlet to publish the story.”

He acknowledged that Stallone had a relationship with the alleged victim while shooting a movie in Israel in 1987 while he was single.

The attorney said at the time that he planned to submit a claim against the woman for filing a false police report.

The #MeToo campaign took off last year following sexual assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. It has since become a worldwide phenomenon.

Hundreds of celebrities and powerful people, including actor Kevin Spacey and longtime broadcast journalist Charlie Rose, have been accused of sexual harassment in the wake of the Weinstein scandal.

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