Dylan McDermott won't face sexual assault charges as allegation deemed too old by LA district attorney
Los Angeles County prosecutors have declined to charge actor Dylan McDermott in connection with an allegation of a sexual assault in 1991
Dylan McDermott won’t be charged for sexual assault as the Los Angeles County prosecutors have declined the allegation saying it is beyond the statute of limitations.
The 56-year-old 'American Horror Story' actor was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 1991, but the prosecution has been declined because it is “outside the statute of limitations,” according to a Los Angeles County District Attorney Charge Evaluation Worksheet, People reported on Friday.
“The reporting party alleged that she was the victim of a sexual assault by the suspect in 1991,” the worksheet states. The worksheet concludes, “The allegation is outside the statute of limitations, therefore, an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence is not warranted and prosecution is declined.”
“Mr. McDermott learned about these allegations last year and trusted that the process would end exactly as it has,” a rep for McDermott said in a statement obtained by the same publication.
This comes in the wake of news that the LA Los Angeles prosecutors refused to take the case of sexual assault against Kevin Spacey and Steven Seagal and Anthony Anderson. In Seagal and Spacey's case, the statute of limitations had passed while Anderson’s accuser declined to be interviewed by authorities.
Earlier this year, McDermott spoke about his decades-long career in Hollywood, whose breakout character in 'Steel Magnolias' led to acclaimed roles on 'The Practice' and 'American Horror Story.' He married actress Shiva Rose in 1995 and had two daughters, Colette, 21 and Charlotte, 12, but split in 2008.
“I really struggled,” said McDermott of losing his footing after divorce. “But the cool thing is if you trust life and open yourself up to good things, good things can happen. Once I tried to understand that life will always take care of me, Maggie stepped into my life.”
Maggie Q is McDermott’s fiancée of three years, whom he met on the set of their TV series 'Stalker' in 2014. “She took my breath away,” said McDermott, who proposed after seven weeks. “I knew immediately … she’s my soulmate.”