Entertainment Weekend: Ex-LAPD captain’s loyalty scrutinized in tip to CBS exec | Newstalk Florida

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former captain in the Hollywood branch of the Los Angeles Police Department, Cory Palka was a star himself.

The towering cop with a telegenic smile has socialized with celebrities who have received stars on the Walk of Fame, headed security for the Academy Awards, and even had a small role in the television drama “Bosch,” about a talented but troubled LAPD detective .

But Palka’s ties to the entertainment industry and his allegiances came under scrutiny Thursday after prosecutors said he leaked a sexual assault victim’s confidential police report to the accused, former CBS leader Les Moonves, for whom Palka worked for years as a private bodyguard served.

The LAPD said it was conducting an internal investigation into Palka’s behavior and the attorney general was looking into any criminal elements after a report said he conspired with CBS to hide sexual assault allegations against Moonves.

The report, which did not name Palka, was part of a settlement announced Wednesday by New York Attorney General Letitia James in which CBS and Moonves, its former president, agreed to pay $30.5 million. About $6 million goes to sexual assault and harassment programs. The remainder will go to shareholders who have been kept in the dark while executives tried to prevent allegations from becoming public and at least one benefited by dumping shares before the news broke.

Weeks after the #MeToo movement erupted in 2017 with allegations of sexual abuse against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb reported to Hollywood Division police that she had been sexually assaulted by Moonves in 1986 and 1988 while working at Lorimar Productions worked together. the studio behind Dallas and Knots Landing.

A law enforcement official aware of the matter confirmed that Golden-Gottlieb, who died this summer, was the woman involved in the Palka leak. The officer was not authorized to speak in public and did so on condition of anonymity.

Jim Gottlieb said in an email to The Associated Press that he was “shocked and very disappointed” that his mother’s report was leaked to CBS. He said his mother never looked for money, she just didn’t want Moonves “to get away with what he did” and was satisfied that her account contributed to his downfall.

“We’d like to think that the police are looking for us, the victims, and not the perpetrators,” Gottlieb said. “It sounds just like what you hear about certain police departments being in league with organized crime.”

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represented Golden-Gottlieb, said she had never heard of police baiting a suspect into an investigation in nearly half a century of legal practice, and said it could have a chilling effect on other women who do report to report abuse.

“It’s very, very disturbing,” Allred said. “It’s really outrageous if they did that. And I have to ask, if that actually happened, what were their motives? For example, why were they trying to ingratiate themselves with CBS? Did they get something for it?

Golden-Gottlieb went public with her allegations when Ronan Farrow reported allegations against Moonves in The New Yorker in September 2018. Within hours of this publication, Moonves resigned.

Almost a year earlier, the ink on her police report — which was marked “confidential” in three places — had just dried when Palka tipped off CBS, the report says. Palka then met personally with Moonves and another CBS executive.

The New York AG report stated that the complainant had asked for confidentiality. It cited the California Constitution that prohibits the disclosure of confidential information to “a defendant, a defendant’s attorney, or any other person acting on behalf of the defendant that could be used to locate the victim or the victim’s family or to… harass,” prohibits.

The captain told CBS he has instructed the police officers investigating the complaint to “admonish” the woman not to go public with her allegations. He also put CBS officials in touch with the lead investigator.

CBS immediately went into damage control mode, with an executive advising a news agency staffer to stay close to the phone because they “have a situation.” He told another staff member not to miss any messages, adding: “I wouldn’t bother you unless this was serious.”

When the allegations finally became public, Palka sent a message to a CBS contact that said, “We worked so hard to avoid that day.” He messaged Moonves saying he did sorry and “I will always stand by you and pledge my allegiance to you.”

From 2008 to 2014, Palka had provided Moonves as private security at the Grammy Awards, which CBS produced.

Jessica Levinson, a Loyola Law School professor and former president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission, said a police officer must comply with legal and ethical obligations as a member of the force and cannot violate those obligations when providing private security. Normally these two roles do not conflict.

“The question is on a case-by-case basis whether or not it leads to divided loyalty,” Levinson said. “But the truth is, most of the time it shouldn’t be a difficult decision.”

Patti Giggans, executive director of the Los Angeles nonprofit Peace Over Violence, said she expects repercussions from the scandal to go beyond victims’ fears of reporting attacks to the LAPD to advocates fearing the relationships they’ve built with detectives have, reevaluate.

Palka, who retired last year after serving nearly 35 years with the LAPD as a commander, said on his LinkedIn profile that he grew up with eight siblings in a low-income housing project in the community of Mar Vista and has lived most of his life in Los Angeles spent .

Video footage of Palka went viral during the Los Angeles racial injustice protests following George Floyd’s death as he knelt with protesters on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

He has been an Incident Commander at the Academy Awards and “numerous high profile events related to the entertainment industry,” according to his profile.

In Hollywood, he was a fixture on red carpets and Walk of Fame ceremonies, where he posed with celebrities such as Lynda Carter, Jack Black and Stacy Keach. He was personally thanked by Mark Hamill during the star ceremony and posed with Hamill, Harrison Ford and George Lucas.

The Hollywood Chamber Community Foundation honored him as one of the “Heroes of Hollywood” in 2019.

“Celebrity is always synonymous with power and influence,” said attorney Debra Katz, who specializes in sexual harassment law. “It gets very disturbing when you have a city with celebrities who have access to the police force – when they have a dual role of providing security and interacting with one another.”

Palka did not respond to requests for comment Thursday, nor did an attorney for Moonves and CBS.

Moonves admitted to having ties to three of his accusers but said they were consensual. He denied assaulting anyone and said in a statement at the time that “untrue allegations from decades ago are now being leveled at me.”

The Los Angeles County District Attorney declined to file criminal charges against Moonves in 2018, saying the statute of limitations on Golden-Gottlieb’s allegations had expired.


Associated Press writer Michael R. Sisak in New York contributed.


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