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Sylvester Stallone Under Investigation For Sex Crimes

Last year, when dozens of women, including actress Ashley Judd, came forward with allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein, not only did they bring him down, but they also lent a voice to all other victims of sexual harassment and assault.

Women who weren't able to speak up before were finally empowered to share their stories and seek out justice.

Since then, multiple Hollywood actors, musicians, politicians, and businessmen have been named as predators.

While some accusations weren't very surprising, there were a few names that shocked people. Among them is Sylvester Stallone.

Sylvester Stallone with his wife, Jennifer Flavin, and daughters. femalefirst.co.uk

Since coming into the scene, the actor and father has built an image as a stand up guy with strong family values, however recent sexual assault accusations against him may have tainted his reputation.

Just before the new year, TMZ reported that an unnamed woman told police that the Rocky star allegedly raped her during a meeting in his office 27 years ago.

Santa Monica Police Department did not disclose any details about the nature of the allegations, but a spokesperson confirmed that they were investigating the complaint and will pass all information to the district attorney.

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Stallone, 71, and his legal team, including his attorney, Martin Singer, denied the claims, calling them "completely fabricated."

“My client categorically disputes the claim," Singer said in a statement released shortly after the allegations were brought to the public's attention. He revealed that Stallone would take legal action against the woman for filing a false report and defamation.

In January, after months of staying silent, Stallone finally addressed the allegations made against him.

In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline, he admitted that he had previously met the woman while working on a movie in Israel back in 1987 and that they had a consensual relationship.

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However, he insisted that they never interacted in the 90s and that he did not rape her.

"That never happened," the Rambo actor told RadarOnline. "It’s one thing to go after me. But they really attack the innocent — the people that are going along with their lives, their reputations are sullied by this."

He added, “They are carrying the burden of a lie for the rest of their lives. Cruel is cruel. You don’t have to make things up."

Singer backed up Stallone's comments saying, "It's not appropriate to try to ruin someone by doing this."

Despite their repeated denial, Stallone is now officially being investigated by a special Los Angeles County task force that is responsible for looking into sex crimes that occur within the entertainment industry.

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Singer told CNN that this new development is only going to make her the public doubt Stallone's innocence.

"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," he said.

This case is not the first time that the Rambo actor has been accused of sexual assault. Last November, he was accused of assaulting a teenage fan in 1986.

The 16-year-old victim alleged that Stallone invited her to his hotel room in Las Vegas and forced her into a threesome with him and his bodyguard, Mike De Luca.  

She explained that she warned by the men to never utter a word about their encounter to anyone or else "they would have to beat her head in."

Stallone and his bodyguard Mike De LucaNY Daily News

In a statement to Us Weekly, Stallone's rep called the woman's story "ridiculous" and "categorically false."

"No one was ever aware of this story until it was published today, including Mr. Stallone," the statement continued. "At no time was Mr. Stallone ever contacted by authorities or anyone else regarding this matter."

Despite the serious claims, she later signed a non-prosecution form and the charges against the actor and De Luca were dropped.

“I’m humiliated and ashamed, but I don’t want to prosecute," said the unnamed woman. "I don’t want anybody else to have that happen to them, but I don’t want to prosecute. I cannot talk about this anymore. Please leave me alone."

In 2016, California revised the statue of limitations law for some sex crimes, including rape. The new changes only apply to crimes committed after January 1, 2017, and offenses with statute of limitations that had not expired by that date.

Stallone has yet to speak out about the latest development in his case, but we'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Awa has been writing for Shared for 3 years. She is a serial snacker who unapologetically loves celebrity gossip. Drop her a line at awa@shared.com.