The LAPD is currently deciding whether to charge Bill Cosby over an alleged sexual assault that took place at the Playboy Mansion back in 2008, The L.A. Times reports.
The D.A.’s office told Deadline that the criminal case is “under review by the Sex Crimes division,” although they declined to specify a possible deadline for a verdict.
24-year-old model Chloe Goins claims that, when she was 18, Cosby gave her a drink that made her black out. She later woke up naked in bed with Cosby.
This case is important because statutes of limitations have expired on most of the fifty-plus assault allegations against Cosby. While the statute of limitations is usually six years on a case like Goins', there is still value to investigating the case. According to legal experts who spoke to the LA Times, Goins’ testimony could be important in a civil case, or if Cosby is ever charged with another crime down the road, because "California law allows alleged victims to testify as witnesses even if their own cases never resulted in charges.”
Cosby’s lawyers denied Goins’ allegations, saying that Cosby was not at the party when the crime took place.
Next week, Cosby is set to give a deposition in a civil case launched by Judy Huth, who alleges Cosby sexually assaulted her when she was 15, back in 1974. While the statute of limitations has expired, Huth was able to file the civil suit because she was a minor when the alleged assault occurred. LAPD refused to file criminal charges in the Huth case.
The news comes after three more women accused the disgraced entertainer of sexual assault. The number of Cosby accusers topped fifty this August.