Bill Cosby’s may have won a legal battle against alleged assault victim Chloe Goins, but the war is far from over. The 24-year-old model said today (Jan. 7) she intends to pursue the tarnished comedian in a civil suit where the legal hurdles are lower.
The Los Angeles County district attorney dealt Goins a setback yesterday (Jan. 6). He refused to pursue criminal charges because of the passage of time and a lack of evidence.
Goins claims she was assaulted by Cosby six years ago at the Playboy Mansion when she was 18 years old. She only went public with her story last January.
“I’ve not given up yet,” she told London’s Daily Mail in an interview published today.
Goins claims Cosby gave her a drink during a party at the mansion and she subsequently blacked out. When she woke up, the comedian was allegedly biting her toes and masturbating.
She filed a criminal complaint on Jan. 14 a year ago. Because the alleged assault occurred only six years ago it was still within the statute of limitations for a felony sexual assault charge.
But the prosecutor said Goins’ fuzzy memory about the assault–she could not remember the exact date it took place–complicated prosecution. The evidence also came down to her word against his. Cosby has denied assaulting her.
Neither could be spotted together on surveillance videos from the mansion and guest lists showed Cosby only visiting the mansion once in February 2008.
On the date she thought the attack took place, investigators determined that Cosby was in New York City.
Her criminal complaint was a long shot from the outset because of the passage of time and lack of evidence.
Even so, Goins insisted the attack took place and revealed plans to sue in civil court. Juries in civil trials can base their decisions on the “preponderance of the evidence” instead of the stricter standard “beyond a reasonable doubt” of criminal trials.
“Bill Cosby sexually assaulted me at the Playboy Mansion in 2008. I’m grateful to the LAPD for conducting an investigation, but I am devastated by this decision,” she said.
The LA prosecutor also said Cosby would not be charged for allegedly assaulting a 17-year-old in 1965. But the comedian is still facing felony sexual assault charges in Pennsylvania.
To date, more than 50 women have accused the 77-year-old comedian of drugging and attacking them over the course of his stellar show business career. Several have filed civil suits against him, charging defamation, after he or his legal team called them liars.
Cosby has also filed civil suits against several of the woman, claiming they defamed him by making the charges.
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