As Bill Cosby faced criminal sexual-assault charges in a Pennsylvania courthouse on Tuesday, there was good news for him in a civil court in Los Angeles.
Chloe Goins, the youngest and most recent of Cosby’s five-dozen accusers, dropped her civil suit against him, according to the Associated Press, which cited federal court records showing the suit was dropped without explanation.
Goins, 25, accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008 when she was 18.
The Los Angeles district attorney declined last month to file charges against Cosby in connection with Goins’ accusations because the California statute of limitations for sexual assault had expired.
She had earlier filed a civil suit in federal court against Cosby alleging sexual battery. It was one of a half-dozen civil suits pending against Cosby stemming from the accusations that he had drugged and/or raped dozens of women in episodes dating to the mid-1960s. .
It is not clear why Goins dropped the suit, but when a plaintiff moves to dismiss her own lawsuit it often means the parties have come to a settlement. And often such a settlement is confidential.
One other accuser civil suit against Cosby, for defamation, was dismissed by a judge in Pittsburgh last month.
Goins’ lawyer, Spencer Kuvins, declined to comment. Cosby’s spokesman did not return emails seeking comment.
Cosby has been charged with felony indecent sexual assault in Montgomery County, Pa., in connection with an encounter at his home there in 2004 — the only criminal charge filed against him so far.
On Tuesday, he was in court in Norristown, Pa., for a hearing in the case, hoping to persuade a state judge to dismiss the charges against him.
SOURCE: USA Today – Maria Puente