Over the last few months, it’s been tough to keep track of the number of women accusing the once beloved comedian Bill Cosby of rape. 35 of his alleged victims have come forward in a very public way, by being on the cover of New York Magazine.
His alleged victims are blonde, brunette, redheaded, black, white and Asian. Most were in the entertainment industry and for a lot of the women, the alleged crime happened long enough ago that the statute of limitations are null, at least for a criminal proceeding.
One of his alleged victims, Judy Huth, is suing Cosby, though, for reportedly molesting her when she was just 15, in 1974. According to reports, he invited the teenager to the Playboy Mansion.
The statute of limitations for filing criminal charges has passed, but she is suing him for causing psychological injuries. The judge in the case has ordered Cosby to give his sworn testimony, planned for Oct. 9.
This would be Cosby’s first deposition since 2006, when he testified in another case against him. That suit was settled out of court and [the deposition] was recently released to the media. Cosby has been accused by dozens of women who say he raped or sexually abused them, sometimes after drugging them.
Both Cosby and Huth will be deposed in October.
Not all of Cosby’s alleged assaults are beyond the statutes of limitation. 24-year-old Chloe Goins claims that in 2008 she was also attacked at the Playboy mansion after she was given drinks. Then it gets particularly disturbing.
‘Everything kind of went a little foggy, I started feeling sick to my stomach, and just dizzy,’ Goins told the Daily Mail. She said Cosby brought her to a spare room offered by Hugh Hefner.
‘He had his arm around me to show me the way and I did notice he had been paying me a little more attention than my friend, but never thought anything of it,’ Goins told the Mail.
The next thing she claims to remember is waking up naked with Cosby licking her toes.
‘[Bill Cosby] was at my feet, kind of licking and kissing them and I think he bit my toe as that’s what woke me up,’ Goins said. Cosby allegedly left abruptly and Goins and her friend left shortly thereafter.
Goins pressed charges in January and the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating for all of the witnesses who come forth, even if it is outside the statute of limitations. It could lead to other prosecutions of newer cases.
Some places are doing something about the statutes of limitations because of Cosby. Carson City, Nevada, which calls itself home to one of Cosby’s alleged victims, passed a law that extends the statute of limitations for rape from a paltry four years to 20, which still wouldn’t be enough for the majority of Cosby’s accusers.
The law doesn’t grandfather in the old cases, which means that his accusers would still get no justice, even if they are within the 20 year period. In California, where most of the alleged attacks occurred, the statute of limitations is 10 years for rape. If DNA evidence is found, prosecutors have a year to file charges.
At Cosby’s advancing age, though, perhaps civil suits would do him more damage than jail time. Let’s hope that both Huth and Goins are able to truly bring Cosby to justice.
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