Comedian Bill Cosby has evaded criminal charges after the Los Angeles District Attorney declined to file criminal charges against him because of technicalities.
Court documents revealed that the following charges of forcible rape, misdemeanor sexual battery or misdemeanor indecent exposure have already expired their statute of limitations, ABC News reported.
In an interview from ABC News, the host’s attorney Chris Tayback admitted they are satisfied with the LA DA evaluation.
“We are satisfied that the Los Angeles DA’s Office fully and fairly evaluated all the facts and evidence, and came to the right conclusion,” said Tayback.
Two sexual assault cases have been filed by a Jane Doe and Chloe Goins against Cosby, one of which dates back to the 60’s.
Gloria Allred, representing Jane Doe, frustratingly said, “It is very difficult for a person who alleges that she is a victim to understand that there are arbitrary time periods set by law and that if allegations are not reported within that time period that it will be too late for a prosecutor to pursue them even if a prosecutor believes that there is sufficient evidence to prove that case beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Spencer Kuvin, who represents Goins, called the prosecutors’ decision a “disappointment,” adding that they “recognize that the bar for criminal prosecution, which is proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, is extremely high.”
This development could mean that out of nearly 60 accusers Cosby was charged with, only one case will have a fighting chance to criminally prosecute him. This would be the aggravated indecent assault charge in Montgomery County in Pennsylvania. The case was filed by a Temple University employee who claimed the actor drugged her in 2004 and then sexually assaulted her when she was incapacitated.
The statute of limitations in Pennsylvania — 12 years — is longer than in California, USA Today noted
“The Cosby Show” host is currently out on $1 million bail after being charged with the assault in Pennsylvania.