The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has taken an interest in the case in which singer John Legend’s luxury car was nearly stolen this week, in what some prosecutors in the office say gave special treatment to a top supporter of District Attorney George Gaskin. have been. .
“Attempted carjacking is a crime that George Gascon is barely interested in prosecuting,” Deputy District Attorney John Levine told Fox News Digital about his boss’ priorities.
TMZ reported that Legend was in a recording studio on Monday when a suspect tried to steal his Porsche. The Los Angeles Police Department told the celebrity news outlet that a man approached the vehicle, got inside, and was looking for keys or another way to start it.
Security personnel at the studio saw what was happening and called the police. When officers arrived, the suspect allegedly claimed the car was his. He got out and started walking. He was arrested after a short foot chase on suspicion of attempted grand theft auto.
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In an email to prosecutors Wednesday, obtained by Fox News, Acting DA Chief Deputy John Harlan said he wanted to stay informed about the case.
“Newspapers are reporting that an unarmed man was arrested somewhere in Los Angeles for trying to steal John Legend’s Porsche – the case is likely to happen today,” the email read. “Please be on the lookout for this case,” Harlan wrote before asking to be notified by text message with two others if the case appeared in DA records.
Fox News Digital has reached out to the DA’s office, the LAPD, representatives for Harlan and Legend, but has not heard back.
“The idea that a top administrator would issue an all-points bulletin to keep track of this issue gives special access and undue influence,” Levin said. “To take this kind of action is disgusting and an affront to every law-abiding citizen in Los Angeles who is a victim of crime and who generally faces disinterest or outright hostility from this District Attorney and his administration. have to do it. “
“In short, it appears that the acting chief deputy issued an all-points bulletin to pursue the case as if he were tracking down the Hillside Stranger,” added Levin, who won a manslaughter conviction against Let Real last year. – Statesman Robert Durst.
The Hillside Strangler murders in the late 70s were a series of deaths involving female victims who were raped, tortured and murdered in the Los Angeles Hills. The two brothers were eventually arrested for the crimes.
Levine said Legend is on record as a strong supporter of Gascon and the rights of criminal suspects.
He endorsed Gaskin during his 2020 bid to unseat then-Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey. Gascon, who ran on a progressive platform, has since come under fire for several directives that critics say enable criminals and two comeback attempts. has survived.
“George Gascon, our new DA in Los Angeles, announced some major reforms on his first day,” Legend tweeted of Gascon taking over. “Proud to support their choice. This is the kind of change we voted for and the kind of change we need to bring our system closer to true justice.”
He also supported Chesa Baudin, who was ousted in June as San Francisco’s top prosecutor in a recall election amid rising crime.
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During the 2022 election cycle, Legend endorsed several district attorney candidates in several states.
“District attorney elections are critical to improving our criminal justice system and 2022 is a year with thousands of races,” he tweeted in April.