Prosecutors Will Not Charge Bill Cosby in Sexual Assault Lawsuit
L.A. prosecutors will not charge Bill Cosby after a woman recently accused the comedian of sexually assaulting her 40 years ago, PEOPLE has confirmed.
In a lawsuit, Judy Huth alleges that Cosby sexually assaulted her when she was 15 years old, and that the incident has led to “mental anguish” and “significant problems throughout her life.”
According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office her request for prosecution was declined due to the expiration of the statute of limitations.
In papers filed in L.A. Superior Court on Dec. 3 Cosby’s lawyer, Martin Singer, says Huth’s claims “are absolutely false” and her case “fails to state sufficient facts to constitute a cause of action for claims arising out of alleged childhood sexual abuse.”
In addition, Singer notes that Huth failed to provide a certificate of merit – from her attorney and a licensed mental health practitioner – to back up her claims of “mental anguish.”
Cosby’s wife of more than 50 years, Camille defended her husband Monday. “He is a kind man, a generous man, a funny man, and a wonderful husband, father and friend. He is the man you thought you knew,” she wrote in a statement.
The 77-year-old actor also recently spoke out about the allegations against him, and Cosby’s lawyer has continued to deny the accusations.
“The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40 or even 50 years ago have escalated past the point of absurdity,” Singer said in a statement on Nov. 21.