LAWFUEL – Following the failure of the James Brown prosecution for rape, the Illinois law has been altered to permit accusers more than two years to sue.
The new law, which will be implemented on January 1, 2008 suspends the statute of limitations when the victim has been intimidated or manipulated into staying quiet.
The current law gives rape accusers only two years to sue.
Brown’s former publicist Jacque Holland accused him of rape, saying he assaulted her at gunpoint in 1988 and threatened to kill her if she told anyone what happened.
In 2005, Hollander tried to take the case to court, but it was rejected due to the time that lapsed since the alleged incident took place. Brown’s laywer denied the charge.