Los Angeles County D.A.: No Charges Against Bill Cosby

Actor-comedian Bill Cosby will not face charges in two cases of alleged sexual assault investigated by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors made the announcement Wednesday, one week after Cosby was criminally charged for a 2004 sexual assault in Pennsylvania.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey has declined to pursue the two cases—one from 1965 and another from 2008—due to the statute of limitations and, in the latter case, a lack of sufficient evidence. Los Angeles County prosecutors similarly cited the statute of limitations in previously declining to charge Cosby in an assault that reportedly occurred at the Playboy Mansion in 1974.

Dozens of women have accused the once-beloved TV star of molesting them over the years. However, the vast majority of his alleged crimes could never be prosecuted because they exceed the statute of limitations on rape and sexual assault. Some women’s rights advocates have since called for the elimination of these restrictions, saying they prevent victims from seeking and receiving justice.

Read more about Wednesday’s announcement here.

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