Cosby Won't Face Charges in 1974 Case

Prosecutors in LA decline to move ahead with allegations
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 16, 2014 7:15 PM CST
Cosby Won't Face Charges in 1974 Case
Bill Cosby has notched a legal victory against an accuser.   (Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Los Angeles prosecutors today declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974. The rejection of a child sexual abuse charge by prosecutors came roughly 10 days after the woman, Judy Huth, met with Los Angeles police detectives for 90 minutes. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office rejected filing a misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18 because the statute of limitations had passed.

Days before Huth spoke to police, she accused Cosby in a civil lawsuit of forcing her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion when she was 15 years old. Cosby's attorney said that Huth attempted to extort $250,000 from the comedian before she sued and that she'd attempted to sell her story to a tabloid a decade ago. (Another of Cosby's accusers may have found a way around the statute of limitations.)

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