UPDATED: Academy Museum creative director Peter Castro is under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department for sexual assault allegations, Variety has confirmed.
“We have been informed of the investigation involving alleged conduct by a museum employee outside of work. We are aware that the alleged conduct did not occur at the Academy or the Academy Museum and that the accuser is not affiliated with either,” an Academy Museum spokesperson said in a statement. “We will reserve further comment while this is being investigated by law enforcement authorities.”
On Sept. 2, the LAPD stated that it had received the report on July 28. The alleged victim told that police that while “in a dating relationship, the suspect performed several sexual acts against the victim’s consent,” the department stated. The date of the incident was given as May 23.
It’s unclear if the Academy Museum has launched their own investigation into Castro, or if he will be put on leave. Prior to landing the role of creative director at the Academy Museum in July 2019, Castro was a designer and production manager at the Guggenheim in New York City for over seven years. He also worked as a commercial photographer at Macy’s and served as a graphic designer at Canal Jeans Co.
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has faced numerous obstacles amid its construction. Earlier in August, Ron Meyer stepped down from the Academy Museum’s board following his resignation from NBCUniversal over an alleged extortion attempt.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the voting body behind the Oscars, is spearheading the Los Angeles-based museum. Plans to open to the public have been delayed numerous times in recent years. Now, it expects to start welcoming visitors on April 30, 2021.
In June, the organization issued nearly $100 million in new debt to refinance the building, adding to the $100 million bond offering it launched in February. The project, located at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, is estimated to cost over $480 million.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.