How long is too long to wait before a sexual assault claim is unfounded? Normally, waiting years following an event would mean you’d run out of time to make a claim, but in the case of Bill Cosby, the American comedian, a judge has decided to arraign him on one charge for aggravated indecent assault. The alleged assault took place in 2004, nearly 12 years ago.
The charge is a felony; the 78-year-old faces this lawsuit as well as at least six other civil lawsuits in Massachusetts and California combined. In this case, which has made headlines, a woman claimed she had been drugged by Cosby and sexually assaulted in his home. Another woman has claimed that Cosby assaulted her in 2008 at the Playboy Mansion. At the time, she would have been 18 years old.
The reason the case can be brought to court today is because new evidence has surfaced, according to the news report. The new evidence included an admission that Cosby had given quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with; he allegedly also asked to have young women sent to his room to have meals with him when he was on the set of “The Cosby Show.”
Cosby’s attorneys have claimed that the charges were just within the statute of limitations, which is 12 years, and may have only been launched due to an upcoming election for the county’s District Attorney, for which they claim the attorney would have needed media coverage.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “Bill Cosby charged in 2004 sex assault case; attorneys vow ‘vigorous defense’,” Dec. 30, 2015