Los Angeles prosecutors will not charge Bill Cosby with a crime after a woman accused the comedian of molesting her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, according to the Associated Press.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said the statute of limitations has run out on any possible case.
Judy Huth, now 55, sued Cosby early this month, claiming he molested her when she was 15 years old after they met on a movie set. In the suit, Huth said he plied her with alcohol and then assaulted her, and told her to say she was 19 when asked.
Cosby’s attorney Martin Singer has been vocal in denying her claims, saying that Huth and her attorney in the civil litigation, Marc Strecker, tried to extort money from the 77-year-old.
“Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have a new uncorroborated story crop up out of the woodwork,” Singer said in a statement. “When will it end? It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop.”
More than 20 woman have now come forward with varying accusations of drugging and sexual assault against Cosby. He has yet to be charged with a crime, but the accusations have taken a toll on his reputation, costing him an NBC sitcom and a Netflix stand-up special.
This week, both Cosby’s wife and daughter have come out in support of Cosby. “He is the FATHER you thought you knew,” said his daughter Evin Cosby in a statement.