CARSON CITY — A bill that would extend the statute of limitations in cases of sexual assault from four to 20 years was approved Wednesday by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
The bill now goes to the full Assembly for a vote.
Assembly Bill 212 originally sought to eliminate any time period to bring such a case, but Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams, D-Las Vegas, accepted the amendment from Judiciary Chairman Ira Hansen, R-Sparks.
Bustamante Adams brought the bill on behalf of a constituent, Lise-Lotte Lublin, who alleged that comedian and entertainer Bill Cosby drugged her in 1989 at a suite at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Lublin said that when she finally filed a complaint against Cosby with Las Vegas police in 2014, she was told there was no ability to prosecute because of the statute of limitations had long run out.
Lublin said Cosby asked her to sit with him and have two drinks which she said had been drugged during the 1989 incident. After consuming them, Lublin said she lost consciousness. Her next memory was of waking up at home.
“I will never see justice,” she said. “And I didn’t do anything wrong. If I had had an idea of what had happened, I would have filed a report 25 years ago.”
Lublin came forward with her allegations in February in a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred, who also testified for the bill as did Lublin’s husband, Benjamin Lublin.
About 20 women have alleged Cosby assaulted them over the years, claims which he and his attorney deny.
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