‘Black-ish’ star Anthony Anderson faces criminal investigation, ‘unequivocally disputes’ accusation

The Los Angeles Police Department has opened an investigation with “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson listed as a suspect, police told TheWrap.

No further details regarding the incident have been made public. But The Blast, which first reported the news, said the investigation stems from a woman who told the department that Anderson assaulted her after she catered one of his events.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Anderson denied the allegations and said his team was not made aware of any investigation.

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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 17: Anthony Anderson from 'Black Ish' TV Show poses for a Photocall during the 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival : Day Two on June 17, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 16: (L-R) Anthony Anderson and Alvina Stewart attend the 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival Opening Ceremony on June 16, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
BANFF, AB - JUNE 13: Actor and Rockie Awards Gala Host Anthony Anderson arrives at the Red Carpet for the Rockie Awards Gala Cermemony during the 2017 Banff Media Festival at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel on June 13, 2017 in Banff, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Chin/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 03: Anthony Anderson hosts the 2017 Andrew Young International Leadership Awards at Philips Arena on June 3, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 02: Actor Anthony Anderson (L) and actress Yara Shahidi attend the 14th Annual Inspiration Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 2, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 24: Anthony Anderson attends the 38th College Television Awards at Wolf Theatre on May 24, 2017 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross attend the 2017 ABC Upfront event on May 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - MAY 06: Actor Anthony Anderson attends VH1's 2nd annual 'Dear Mama: An Event to Honor Moms' on May 6, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Hosts La La Anthony (L) and Anthony Anderson speak onstage during the VH1 'Dear Mama' taping on May 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for VH1)
BLACK-ISH - The cast and executive producers of ABC's critically acclaimed hit comedy 'black-ish' attended the ABC Studios 'For Your Consideration' event at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (Richard Harbaugh / ABC Via Getty Images) DEBORAH ROBERTS, ANTHONY ANDERSON, TRACEE ELLIS ROSS
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: Anthony Anderson attends the Build Series to discuss the show 'Blackish' at Build Studio on March 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0645 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Anthony Anderson during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on March 23, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BLACK-ISH - The cast and crew of ABC's critically acclaimed hit comedy 'black-ish' celebrate the end of season three at a wrap party on Monday, March 20 at Boulevard 3 in Los Angeles. 'black-ish' airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. (Paul Hebert/ABC via Getty Images) YARA SHAHIDI, ANTHONY ANDERSON
BLACK-ISH - 'Sister, Sister' - Bow's sister comes to town after filming a stint on a reality show, and they couldn't have less in common. Meanwhile, Zoey suggests that Dre spend more time with Junior since she's leaving for college, and Jack and Diane decide to rebrand themselves, on 'black-ish,' WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 (9:00-9:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) YARA SHAHIDI, ANTHONY ANDERSON, MARCUS SCRIBNER
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Anthony Anderson attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actors Anthony Anderson and Miles Brown attend the GBK Pre-OSCAR Luxury Lounge on February 25, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for GBK Productions)
PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 11: (L-R) Nathan Anderson, Alvina Stewart, actor Anthony Anderson, and Kyra Anderson arrive at the 48th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 11, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Host Anthony Anderson speaks onstage at the 48th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 11, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 11: (L-R) Issa Rae, host Anthony Anderson, Tai Beauchamp and Chris Spencer attend the 48th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 11, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Actors Anthony Anderson (L) and Marsai Martin attend the premiere of Amazon Studios' 'An American Girl Story - Melody 1963: Love Has To Win' at Pacific Theatres at The Grove on October 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Anthony Anderson arrives at the 23rd Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: Actor Anthony Anderson and Fashion designer Karl Kani attends A Toast To 90's Hip Hop & Fashion Celebrating Fashion Icon Karl Kani at Dom LA on October 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
BLACK-ISH - 'Being Bow-racial' - Bow must address unresolved feelings about her own biracial identity when Junior brings home his first girlfriend, who happens to be white. Dre is handling a big project for a client at work and relies on Charlie to teach him how to relate to the campaign's white, female point-person. Meanwhile, Zoey needs extra credit for her design class, and asks Jack and Diane if she can remodel their room, on 'black-ish,' WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (9:31-10:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Tony Rivetti/ABC via Getty Images) ANTHONY ANDERSON, TRACEE ELLIS ROSS
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Anthony Anderson from 'Black-ish' is a guest on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 9/20/16, airing on the ABC Television Network. {Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) MICHAEL STRAHAN, ANTHONY ANDERSON
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Doris Hancox, Anthony Anderson and Kyra Anderson attend HBO's Post Emmy Awards Reception at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actors Anthony Anderson (L) and Tracee Ellis Ross attend the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Anthony Anderson attends the Emmys Diversity Brunch hosted By Anthony Anderson and sponsored by Kia on September 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Kia Motors America)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Actors Anthony Anderson and Marlon Wayans attend a private event at Hyde Staples Center hosted by AQUAhydrate for the Drake and Future concert on September 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for AQUAhydrate)
BLACK-ISH - 'Jack of All Trades' - When Jack and Diane bring home the results of their career tests, Dre and Bow must come to terms with the fact that Jack may have a blue-collar future. Meanwhile, Ruby is convinced Diane is possessed with a little help from Junior and Zoey, on 'black-ish,' WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 (9:31-10:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) TRACEE ELLIS ROSS, ANTHONY ANDERSON
BLACK-ISH - 'VIP' - Dre decides to take his family to Walt Disney World on the magical, first-class vacation experience he was never able to have as a kid. With the help of a VIP tour guide, Dre and the kids take full advantage of their VIP status. Meanwhile, Bow, Pops and Ruby set off on their own adventure at Walt Disney World, on the season three premiere of 'black-ish,' WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (9:31-10:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Gregg Newton/ABC via Getty Images) ANTHONY ANDERSON
BLACK-ISH - 'God' - When Dre discovers that Zoey is questioning her belief in God, he undergoes a crisis of faith and leans on family members and coworkers for their input. Meanwhile, Bow's brother Johan comes to stay with The Johnsons after living abroad and becomes an instant thorn in Dre's side, on 'black-ish,' WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (9:31-10:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.' (Mitch Haaseth/ABC via Getty Images) ANTHONY ANDERSON
Actors Anthony Anderson (L) and Tracee Ellis Ross attend The 2016 Disney ABC Television Group TCA Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California, on August 4, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 4: Anthony Anderson from Disney ABC Television Group's 'Black-ish' poses for a portrait at the 2016 Summer TCAs Getty Images Portrait Studio at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 27th, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)
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“It’s unfortunate that anyone can file a police report whether it is true or false,” the spokesperson said. “The authorities have not contacted Anthony or any of his representatives about this matter. Anthony unequivocally disputes the claim.”

The star recently received his fourth consecutive Emmy nomination for starring on the ABC sitcom “Black-ish.”

ABC and Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Citing “sources familiar with the investigation,” The Blast said a woman walked into the LAPD’s Hollywood Division earlier this year and filed the report. The Blast said it was told the incident happened over a year ago, after the met the actor at his event.

The Blast said it was told that the woman met with Anderson a second time after the event to discuss future business opportunities, and that is when she says the actor assaulted her.

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