It has taken more than three months, but today the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said that Bill Cosby will not face criminal charges over alleged sexual assault incidents in 2008 and 1965. “After evaluating all potential charges, there is insufficient evidence to prove these crimes beyond a reasonable doubt,” said a declination (read it here) from D.A. Jackie Lacey’s office Wednesday.
A LAPD investigation of claims that the comedian drugged and assaulted then-18-year-old model Chloe Goins at a party at the Playboy Mansion nearly eight years ago was handed over to the D.A in early October. While there has been significant movement and even charges laid in other cases against Cosby from among the dozens of women who allege that he drugged and assaulted them, the Sex Crimes division of Lacey’s office has had the cops’ findings under review since the fall.
Lacey’s office was also looking at an incident that allegedly occurred more than 50 years ago.
Today marks the second time the L.A. DA has decided not to file criminal charges against Cosby. In late 2014, Lacey’s office decided not to press charges on a claim that the actor-comedian sexually assaulted a 15-year-old in 1974. That alleged incident was also claimed to have occur at the Playboy Mansion.
Certainly moving forward with the most recent cases presented serious challenges for the D.A.; while California laws gives prosecutors 10 years to pursue criminal charges in a rape case, the statute of limitations is generally around half of that on assaults such as the one Goins claims.
“She reported that he took her to an unknown residence in the Hollywood Hills and forced her to have sexual intercourse with him,” the declination states of Jane Doe #1. “Filing the crime of forcible rape is barred by the statute of limitations and as such, any consideration of a criminal filing is prohibited by law.”
The Goins claims were addressed separately by the county lawyers.
“The incident as described by Jane Doe #2 included two potential criminal offenses: misdemeanor sexual battery and misdemeanor indecent exposure,” says today’s paperwork from the L.A. D.A. “Both of these offenses occurred in 2008 and are barred by the statute of limitations and as such, any consideration of a criminal filing is prohibited by law. Therefore, prosecution is declined.”
Using an old cell phone number as a lead, the office spoke to two women who both denied knowing Goins or anything about the incident. Goins said one of the women or at least the owner of the cell number accompanied her to the Playboy Mansion on the day in question.
“Additional potential felony sex offenses not barred by the statute of limitations were also evaluated,” adds the declination. “Sexual battery by restraint, a felony, was contemplated but there is insufficient evidence to prove the elements of this crime. Sexual assaults by intoxication or of an unconscious victim and the attempts to commit such crimes, as well as assault with intent to commit a sex offense were also considered. However, there is no evidence to support the filing of these crimes.”
The LAPD had no comment today on the announcement.