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Taskforce established to investigate Hollywood sexual misconduct accusations

Last Updated Nov 10, 2017 at 8:26 am PST

This combination photo shows, top row from left, film producer Harvey Weinstein, former Amazon Studios executive Roy Price, director James Toback, New Orleans chef John Besh, middle row from left, fashion photographer Terry Richardson, New Republic contributing editor Leon Wiseltier, former NBC News political commentator Mark Halperin, former Defy Media executive Andy Signore, and bottom row from left, filmmaker Brett Ratner, actor Kevin Spacey, actor Jeremy Piven and actor Dustin Hoffman. In the weeks since the string of allegations against Weinstein first began, an ongoing domino effect has tumbled through not just Hollywood but at least a dozen other industries. (AP Photos/File)

LOS ANGELES (NEWS 1130) – First it was Harvey Weinstein, then Kevin Spacey, now Louis C.K.

As the list of Hollywood stars accused of sexual misconduct continues to grow by the day, prosecutors in Los Angeles are taking action.

The LA District Attorney’s office has put a team together to handle any criminal cases sparked by the escalating scandal.

The taskforce was announced the same day that news broke about sexual misconduct allegations involving comedian Louis C.

A group of veteran sex crimes prosecutors will now work together to examine these cases, figuring out if they meet the legal and factual standards for criminal prosecutions.

ABC legal expert Dan Abrams tells us what that means.

“Very often what you have is potentially corroborating evidence. So anything that you have that can back up the account is very important.”

Most recently, comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual misconduct toward several women, including masturbating in front of them to their horror and embarrassment, according to a report in The New York Times.

Comedians Dana Min Goodman, Abby Schachner, Julia Wolov, Rebecca Corry allege the Emmy-winning star of FX’s “Louie” either pleasured himself in front of them, asked to do it or did so over the phone. A fifth woman detailed her allegations against C.K. to the paper but was not identified.

Indie distributor The Orchards says Louis C.K.’s film “I Love You, Daddy” will not be released, following the reports.

The film was set for release on Nov. 17. The film’s New York premiere was also cancelled on Thursday.