The Los Angeles Police Department is opening up a new, active investigation into the claims of sexual assault against Bill Cosby, according to ABC News. This development comes days after recently released court documents from 2005 revealed that Cosby once admitted to giving Quaaludes to women he sought sex with.
Even though the statute of limitation has passed for most of the dozens of current allegations of sexual abuse that Cosby stands accused of, an LAPD representative explained to Fusion that the Department was committed to following up on all of the cases that fell within its jurisdiction.
“Any time a person comes to the department and makes an allegation against a sex crime we follow up on the case regardless of the statute,” Officer Jack Richter told Fusion.
Earlier this year, model Chloe Goins said that Cosby drugged and raped her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008. Goins’s claims are particularly significant given that they would still fall under the statute of limitation under California law. Goins’s attorney, Spencer Kevin, affirmed that he was following up on her case with the state’s attorney.
“She was drugged. She doesn’t know what happened,” Kuvin said earlier this January. “She blacked out and woke up finding Mr. Cosby over her as she was in a state of complete undress.”
Cosby’s legal team has consistently denied the many claims against him and publicly insisted that the women are all liars. In response, many of Cosby’s other victims, including supermodel Janice Dickinson, have filed lawsuits claiming defamation.
“How dare he publicly vilify Ms. Dickinson and accuse her of lying when she tells a very similar story,” Dickinson’s lawyer Lisa Bloom said in a recent public statement, citing the 2005 legal documents. “It is time for Mr. Cosby to stop hiding behind his attorneys and publicists and to publicly apologize to Ms. Dickinson and the 46 other women who have publicly accused him of sexual assault."
In other Cosby news, it was revealed that the comedian was dropped by his talent agency months ago and is currently unrepresented in Hollywood. Disney World announced that it would be removing its bust of Cosby, and a sexual assault prevention group has asked Barack Obama to revoke Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom.