Comedian Bill Cosby will not face any charges in Atlantic County following allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in Atlantic City decades ago.

While New Jersey currently has no statute of limitations on rape, that only dates to 1996, when the law was changed. The allegations predate that, according to Atlantic City defense attorney Ed Jacobs, who identified himself as Cosby’s attorney in New Jersey.

Actress Lili Bernard met with Atlantic City police for five hours May 1, giving them details and evidence about how Cosby had drugged and raped her, high-profile attorney Gloria Allred said at the time.

Allred lauded New Jersey for not setting a time limit on when alleged victims can come forward. But now it appears that the allegations predate that law.

“Whatever (Bernard) was claiming was far beyond the applicable statute of limitations,” Jacobs said. “That was my legal analysis and the analysis of the Atlantic County prosecutor.”

Allred said “statute of limitations” appear to be Cosby’s three favorite words.

“He and his lawyers throw them out whenever they can, while Mr. Cosby continues to thumb his nose at the many alleged victims who have accused him of violating their trust and their bodies,” she told The Press of Atlantic City. “It would not surprise me if he prays to all that is holy to him that he should remain forever protected behind the wall that those words have created so that he never has to be held accountable in a court of law.”

Dozens of women have made public allegations that Cosby sexually assaulted them in some manner over the years. But the states where those claims have been made have time limits setting when criminal charges can be filed.

“As of this writing, the office of the Atlantic County prosecutor has terminated its investigation, closed its file and so notified Ms. Bernard’s lawyer,” Jacobs said in a letter to a Press reporter.

Allred has not said where the alleged incident took place.

According to Press archives, Cosby performed at least 18 times in the area between 1990 and 2015, at venues including Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza, Harrah’s, Caesars, Resorts, Borgata, Showboat and Revel.

Bernard guest-starred in the final season of “The Cosby Show” and also made a guest appearance on “Seinfeld,” according to her IMDB page.

In California, a court has ruled that Cosby will face another accuser, Judy Huth, Allred said.

Cosby’s attorneys are trying to block that case, claiming procedural irregularities in filing the complaint, Allred said.

Additionally, Cosby is being sued by three women for defamation and by another woman who says he molested her when she was 15.

“It seems that Mr. Cosby simply does not wish to have any of his accusers have their day in court, but I have faith,” Allred said. “I know that one or more of the women who claim that they were victimized by Mr. Cosby will ultimately have their day in court. I look forward to that day and to be able to look Mr. Cosby in the eye and tell him that justice has no time limit.”

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