L.A. prosecutor will not charge Bill Cosby in 1974 sex claim

Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:32pm EST
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By Eric Kelsey

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby, who has been the subject of more than a dozen sex abuse allegations over the past two months, will not be charged in connection with a 1974 molestation claim, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said on Tuesday.

Prosecutors concluded allegations that "The Cosby Show" star sexually molested a 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion were too old and surpassed the state's statute of limitations for either a felony or misdemeanor charge.

"Given that 40 years have passed since the alleged incident, prosecution ... is declined due to the expiration of the statue of limitations," the official charge evaluation document states.

The accuser, Judy Huth, now 56, has also sued Cosby in Los Angeles, alleging that Cosby made her drink beer before molesting her in a bedroom at the Los Angeles mansion.

Cosby, 77, has yet to be charged and the allegations against him, which date as far back as the 1960s, are too old for most criminal charges or civil complaints.

Cosby's attorney, Marty Singer, has called allegations against the trailblazing African-American comedian "discredited" and "defamatory."

Singer and Cosby's publicist did not immediately response to requests seeking comment on Tuesday about the prosecutor's decision.

Cosby's wife and one of his four daughters have defended him in public statements over the past two days.   Continued...

Actor Bill Cosby attends the American Comedy Awards in New York April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Thayer/Files