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November 19th, 2014
06:33 PM ET

Can rape accusations against Bill Cosby be prosecuted?

(CNN) – The tally of Bill Cosby's alleged rape victims now stands at 15, a number that includes women who never came forward, but were named as "Jane Does" in a civil suit against the comedian more than a decade ago.

The most recent accusation is being levied by a woman who was once a huge star in her own right. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, supermodel Janice Dickinson accused Cosby of assaulting her in 1982.

Cosby has never been charged with a crime, and has in the past denied the allegations against him. His attorney released a statement Wednesday, saying "Janice Dickinson's story accusing Bill Cosby of rape is a lie. There is a glaring contradiction between what she is claiming now for the first time and what she wrote in her own book and what she told the media back in 2002. "

In Dickinson's memoir, she talks about a creepy encounter with Cosby, claiming she shunned his sexual advances. But the book does not include any details about an alleged assault. Dickinson says she was pressured to keep it out.

Because many of the cases are decades-old, former prosecutor Anne Bremner said it is probably too late for any of them to be prosecuted.

"The factors are whether there was force used, whether there was a weapon – you have a longer statute," said Bremner. In cases where the victims under the age of 18, such as Barbara Bowman who said she was 17 when Cosby assaulted her, Bremner said there may be a discovery rule that would give a longer statute of limitations.

"But these cases go back to 1969. And so, most likely most would not be prosecutable. But the devil is in the details. We need to see what the allegations are in each case, see what the jurisdictional rules are, and go from there with respect to prosecutions, but unlikely," said Bremner.

For more of our interview with former prosecutor Anne Bremner, check out the video above.

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