Writer, director, and actor Sylvester Stallone has spoken out through his spokesperson that a sexual assault claim originally leveled against him in 1985 and recently unearthed is “categorically false.” The blanket denial comes on the heels of two prominent news publications in London and Baltimore reporting similar and highly detailed stories regarding the then 16-year-old’s alleged sexual encounter with both the actor and his then-bodyguard Michael De Luca. Included in these accounts are graphic excerpts from the original police reports.
A copy of the relevant police document that ran in the London newspaper was shown to public information officer Laura Meltzer at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Meltzer reportedly confirmed the styling of the now 32-year-old report was consistent with the time period but declined to make any further assertions about the report’s validity. Meltzer said her department had no known copies of the original report due to the long period of time that passed since the events in question.
According to the original newspaper article, published in February 2016 on a Baltimore-based news organization’s website, the Las Vegas police never did a thorough investigation and failed to interview the two men because the then-teen described the encounter as consensual. Under Nevada law, the teen was 16 and thus just old enough to consent to sexual relations with the then 40-year old Stallone.
The actor’s then-bodyguard De Luca was involved in the encounter, according to the accuser’s account, but only after the actor pressured the teen. De Luca, an amateur boxer who at one time was managed by actor and fellow boxer Tony Danza, was shot and killed by police on a lonely stretch of California road in 2013.
The alleged victim, now middle-aged, was quoted by one of the news organizations that originally ran the story as saying:
“He should be ashamed of himself, what he did to me affected my life and destroyed me.” Stallone has not personally spoken out on the matter.
The allegations further add to a torrent of sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations level against a long list of prominent men in show business, including comedian Louis C.K., actor Richard Dreyfuss, and producer Harvey Weinstein.
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