Prosecutors decide not to charge Bill Cosby over teen abuse

Bill Cosby has been charged with a sex assault on a woman. Picture: Getty
Bill Cosby has been charged with a sex assault on a woman. Picture: Getty
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PROSECUTORS in Los Angeles have declined to charge Bill Cosby with sexually abusing two teenagers in 1965 and 2008, citing time limits and a lack of evidence.

The decision comes about a week after Cosby, 78, was charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004 inside his home near Philadelphia.

It was the first criminal case brought against him from the torrent of allegations that destroyed his image.

His lawyers have called the charges in that case unjustified and said they expected Cosby to be exonerated.

“We are satisfied that the Los Angeles DA’s office fully and fairly evaluated all the facts and evidence, and came to the right conclusion in declining to file charges against Mr Cosby,” his lawyer, Monique Pressley, said.

Dozens of women have accused Cosby of sex assaults or attempted molestations in incidents dating back more than four decades.

In Los Angeles County, the district attorney’s office investigated allegations by a woman who said that in 1965, when she was 17 years old, Cosby took her to a jazz club in Hollywood, bought her alcoholic drinks, and took her to a home in the Hollywood Hills where he forced her to have sex.

Charges were also declined in the case of a woman who claimed she attended a party at the Playboy Mansion in the summer of 2008, when she was 18, during which Cosby gave drinks to her and a friend. The woman claimed she felt dizzy and sick and Cosby offered to take her to lie down in a room where she blacked out. She said awoke naked.