SYTYCD choreographer Alex Da Silva arrested, accused of raping four dance students

Alex Da Silva, a choreographer who has appeared on So You Think You Can Dance as recently as last season, has been arrested “on suspicion of sexually assaulting four of his dance students,” the AP reports, and is being held on bail of $3.8 million.

He “had been accused in 2003, 2004 and 2005 of sexually assaulting three women, but for unknown reasons prosecutors declined to file charges,” according to the AP. Late last month, “a fourth woman accused Da Silva of luring her to his home, using a ruse to get her into his bedroom and raping her. Detectives went back to interview the previous accusers, found similar accusations of being lured to Da Silva’s bedroom and sexually assaulted by him, and reopened their cases.”

L.A.P.D. detective John Eum told the AP, “These four women don’t know each other at all, yet their reports read basically the same. We’re almost sure there are probably other victims out there and we hope they’ll come forward.”

‘Think You Can Dance’ choreographer arrested [AP]

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