Cosby may be charged for abuse claims

Prosecutors in the US are reviewing an investigation into a model’s accusations that comedian Bill Cosby sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion, an official said.

Cosby may be charged for abuse claims

Los Angeles district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said that police detectives presented evidence on Wednesday for a possible criminal case.

There is no timetable for when a decision will be made on whether to charge the comedian, and it is unclear what charges could be filed.

Model Chloe Goins met with detectives in January and has accused Cosby of drugging her and accosting her in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion in August 2008, but the comedian’s lawyer has denied the claims, saying Cosby was not in Los Angeles at the time.

An email seeking comment from Cosby’s attorney, Marty Singer, was not immediately returned.

Cosby has been accused by dozens of women of sexual misconduct, but most of their claims are barred from being filed as civil or criminal cases due to statutes of limitations. Goins was the second woman to meet with LA detectives to detail accusations against Cosby.

Prosecutors rejected filing charges against Cosby based on allegations by Judy Huth, who is suing the comedian, alleging he abused her in the early 1970s when she was aged 15. Huth’s lawsuit also states the abuse happened at the Playboy Mansion.

Huth’s claims were rejected for a criminal case because the statute of limitations had expired. Cosby, 78, is scheduled to be deposed in that case on October 9.

Fallout from the allegations continues, with the University of San Francisco revoking an honorary degree it presented to Cosby in 2012.

The school announced the decision Wednesday, the same day Brown University revoked a doctorate of humane letters it granted Cosby in 1985, and Fordham and Marquette universities rescinded degrees they bestowed on him.

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