Bill Cosby sexual assault cases

Sexual Assault: L.A. County District Attorney Declines to File Charges Against Bill Cosby

The Los Angeles District Attorney has declined to file charges against Bill Cosby in two sexual assault cases involving the veteran comedian-actor. According to CBS News, citing a press release issued by the District Attorney office, one case involved the allegation by 24-year-old Chloe Goins who alleged that she was sexually assaulted by Cosby at the Playboy Mansion in 2008. She was 18-years-old at the time the incident. The other case involved a woman only identified as Jane Doe No. 1, who alleged that she was forced to have sexual intercourse with Cosby in 1965. Jane Doe No. 1 was 17-years-old at the time. The charges were dismissed after the district attorney ruled that there was insufficient evidence to charge Cosby and to prove the crimes beyond a reasonable doubt in both the cases.

The first case involving Chloe Goins and Cosby started off after Goins alleged that Cosby gave her a drink that caused her to black out at a party at the Holmby Hills mansion. She claimed that by the time she regained consciousness, she was on a bed naked with Cosby biting her toes. Her attorney added that Cosby had his pants around his ankles when Goins saw him assault her. In connection with the case, Chloe was also interviewed by an LAPD detective investigating it for over 2 hours. Bill Cosby’s attorneys have denied the accusation and insisted that he never went to the party where the alleged incident happened.

The second case allegedly happened in 1965 at a nightclub. Jane Doe No. 1’s attorney claimed that Cosby took her to the nightclub and bought her drinks and when she was intoxicated, forcibly raped her at an unknown place in Hollywood. According to prosecutors, the the statute of limitations to file charges in that case had expired.

This is not the first time a sexual assault case against Bill Cosby has been rejected by the district attorney. Last year, another case presented by the LAPD was rejected by the attorney because the incident happened in 1974. This was way past the deadline for prosecuting rape cases. Under California Law, the deadline for prosecuting sexual assault cases is 10 years. According to KTLA, when it comes to sexual crimes, the statutes of limitations varies from state to state. They could range from being as short as one year for minor misdemeanors to no deadlines at all for more serious offenses.

The refusal to file charges against him should come as some relief to Bill Cosby who was charged in another sexual assault case in Pennsylvania. Cosby could face a 10-year sentence if a jury decides he assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004. Andrea alleged that Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulting her back in 2004 inside his Philadelphia home. Cosby’s bail in this case has been set at $1 million. He has also been ordered to surrender his passport and have no contact with the victim.

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Bill Cosby seen near Cheltenham Police Station after his arraignment on December 31. [Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images]
Bill Cosby has been facing a barrage of allegations since October 2014. More than 50 women have since then accused Cosby of sexual crimes ranging from rape to drug facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery to child sexual abuse and other sexual misconduct.

The details of the latest charges that have been dismissed can be read here. (PDF document).

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