Anthony Anderson is currently under criminal investigation for allegedly assaulting a woman after she catered an event thrown by the actor, but Anderson strongly denies the allegation.
Sources familiar with the situation tell us the alleged victim walked into the Hollywood Division of LAPD earlier this year and filed a police report with the department. We are told the incident happened over a year ago after she met the actor while working at an event he threw.
We’re told after the initial event, the woman met with Anderson a second time to discuss future business opportunities when the alleged assault occurred.
Sources close to the situation tell us she felt comfortable enough to come forward months after the alleged incident occurred, due in part to the “#MeToo movement.”
LAPD has confirmed to the The Blast, “We have a crime report listing him as a suspect in a crime,” and added, “It is an open investigation.”
The specific details regarding the alleged assault are currently unclear.
A spokesperson for Anderson tells us, “It’s unfortunate that anyone can file a police report whether it is true or false. The authorities have not contacted Anthony or any of his representatives about this matter. Anthony unequivocally disputes the claim.”
Anderson scored his fourth Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy nomination for “Black-ish” during the recent announcements.
It’s not the first time the star has been facing serious accusations. In 2004, an extra on set of the Oscar-winning movie “Hustle & Flow” accused Anderson and an assistant director of raping her in a trailer on the Memphis set.
The case was later dropped after the woman’s testimony did not produce probable cause to warrant the charges standing.