Beijing Feb.19 --
The 67-year-old comedian and actor Bill Cosby will not be charged
with sexual assault, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr
announced Thursday citing insufficient evidence.
A Pennsylvania prosecutor
announced Thursday that no charges will be filed against Bill Cosby
stemming from a woman's accusation that he drugged and fondled her a year
A former Temple University employee, who now lives in her
native Ontario, told Canadian authorities last month that, after a night out
with friends in January 2004, Cosby gave her medication that made her dizzy,
then fondled her. She said she later awoke to find her bra undone and her
clothes in disarray.
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office found
that evidence against Cosby was "insufficient" to get a conviction.
Authorities found insufficient "credible, and admissible
evidence ... upon which any charge against Mr. Cosby could be sustained beyond a
reasonable doubt," Castor said.
Castor has said that the accuser's year long delay in
coming forward, and her contact with Cosby in the past year, weighed in the
The prosecutor said he also reviewed claims by other
people that Cosby had "behaved inappropriately" toward them, but that detectives
could find no instance "where anyone complained to law enforcement of conduct
which would constitute a criminal offense."
Cosby has denied the allegations. In a statement Thursday,
his lawyer said Cosby was gratified by the decision. Enditem