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Allegations the comedian molested a 15-year-old girl at the Playboy mansion are ruled too old to be pursued by prosecutors.
A Los Angeles prosecutor has decided not to charge Bill Cosby over a claim that he sexually assaulted a woman decades ago.
The claim, brought by Californian Judy Huth, was deemed to have been too old and surpassed the state's statute of limitations.
Ms Huth said Cosby molested her at the Playboy mansion in 1974, when she was 15.
"Given that 40 years have passed since the alleged incident, prosecution (on a misdemeanor count) ... is declined due to the expiration of the statute of limitations," Deputy District Attorney Victor Rodriguez wrote.
"Even if there was an applicable... charge, the statute of limitations that existed in 1974 for felony sex crimes was three years. Therefore prosecution today for any potential felony sex crime from 1974 would also be barred."
The decision comes just days after Ms Huth met detectives in Los Angeles to discuss her claim that Cosby forced her to perform a sex act after giving her alcohol.
A string of allegations began to emerge against the comedian and actor, dating back to the late 1960s, in November.
The 77-year-old is being sued for defamation by one alleged victim as well as for sexual battery by Ms Huth.
More than a dozen other women have accused him of a range of offences.
The former star of The Cosby Show has never been charged in connection with any of the accusations, and his lawyers have denied many of the allegations.
Most of the claims fall outside the statute of limitations for criminal charges.