In this Nov. 6, 2013 file photo, Comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Stand Up for Heroes event at Madison Square Garden in New York. (John Minchillo/Invision/AP, File)
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In recent weeks, about 20 women have come forward to accuse veteran US comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault and even rape.But with most of the alleged attacks now more than 10 years in the past, the 77-year-old Emmy and Golden Globe winner -- who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing -- is unlikely to face criminal charges due to statutes of limitations.In the states involved, the statutes of limitations bar charges from being brought, except in Pennsylvania, where an alleged victim has 12 years to file a criminal complaint.A year later, prosecutors decided not to file criminal charges against Cosby, citing lack of evidence.With respect to possible civil suits against Cosby, the statutes of limitations have expired everywhere.If Cosby made any admission in that civil case, that could work against him, attorney Stuart Slotnick told AFP.Even for the most recent case concerning Cosby, it is too late to gather any physical evidence that would prove rape or the presence of drugs in the woman's system.
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