Day laborers told NBC Los Angeles they were hired to move three bags full of body parts.
They said they were hired by Samuel Haskell, the son of a former prominent Hollywood executive.
Haskell was arrested Nov. 8 on suspicion of murder, the LAPD said.
The son of a top Hollywood agent has been accused by a group of day laborers of paying them $500 to dispose of three large trash bags full of body parts.
Samuel Haskell, 35, was arrested Nov. 8 in connection with an “unidentified female torso” found in a dumpster at Ventura Boulevard and Rubio Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release. The LAPD said Haskell’s wife, Mei Li Haskell, and his parents, Gaoshan Li and Yanxiang Wang, were all missing. Police said they were also searching for two missing vehicles: a white VW Tiguan and a white 2014 Nissan Pathfinder.
A group of workers told NBC Los Angeles that Haskell hired them on November 7 and initially asked them to move three bags full of rocks. But workers told media the bags were soft and soggy, weighing about 50 pounds each, and they decided to look inside.
“I started seeing body parts, a belly button,” one worker told NBC Los Angeles. “I was amazed. Of course, I felt bad. We had been cheated.”
The worker said they returned to Haskell’s home, returned the money and left the bags in the driveway. They added that they reported the incident to an LAPD station, were turned away and asked to call 911. The LAPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ‘Insider.
CNN and other media outlets have reported that Haskell is the son of Hollywood agent Sam Haskell III, former executive vice president of the William Morris Agency, who represented clients including Kathie Lee Gifford, Ray Romano, Whoopi Goldberg, Dolly Parton and George Clooney.
Haskell’s current company, Magnolia Hill Productions, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.
The LAPD press release states that Samuel Haskell and Mei Li Haskell had three children together. The children have been located and are with family members.
The LAPD press release said Haskell was being held on $2 million bail. Jail records show Haskell is scheduled to appear in court Monday. It was not immediately clear whether Haskell had an attorney.
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