Los Angeles prosecutors are reviewing a probe into a 2008 sexual assault allegation against Bill Cosby for possible criminal charges against him, an official said Thursday. The news comes a day after three more women came forward accusing the comedian of sexually assaulting them decades ago.
Investigators reportedly presented evidence Wednesday for a possible criminal case against Cosby over an accusation by model Chloe Goins that the comedian sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in August 2008.
Over 40 women have come out in the last few months accusing the comedian of sexual assault and rape in 1970s and 1980s.
"Ms. Goins is potentially the first victim of Mr. Cosby who is within California's legal statute of limitations to bring forward criminal charges," Goins' attorney Spencer Kuvin told reporters in January. "She fully understands and accepts the immense responsibility that her decision to be here today carries. Ms. Goins and I are here for two reasons: justice and accountability."
The 24-year-old model alleges that at a party at the Holmby Hills mansion in 2008, when she was 18, Cosby gave her a drink that caused her to black out and when she woke up, she found herself naked on a bed with Cosby, Goins’ attorney reportedly said.
Cosby, who has dismissed all sexual assault accusations against him, has denied being at the party at all.
Prosecutors have rejected filing charges against Cosby based on allegations by Judy Huth, a Riverside County resident, who is suing the comedian for allegedly abusing her in the early 1970s when she was 15 years old. Huth's lawsuit also states that she was abused at the Playboy Mansion. Cosby, 78, is expected to be deposed in that case on Oct. 9.