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Bill Cosby free of sexual assault charge
www.chinaview.cn 2005-02-19 11:10:39

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 ago. (Eonline photo)
     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 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 comedian's favor.

    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



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