Invoice Cosby’s authorized troubles are apparently removed from over. The 84-year-old has been sued for sexual assault by actress Lili Bernard, who claims she was drugged and raped by her mentor in 1990. Cosby, who was free of jail earlier this yr, maintains his innocence.
“I’ve waited a very long time to have the ability to pursue my case in court docket and I sit up for being heard and to carry Cosby accountable for what he did to me. Though it occurred way back, I nonetheless stay with the worry, ache and disgrace every single day of my life,” Bernard, who’s being represented by Merson Legislation, PLLC, says in a press release. She got here ahead as an alleged sufferer of Cosby’s years in the past.
The lawsuit was filed in New Jersey federal court docket on Thursday. It is pursuant to the state’s two-year look again window that permits sexual abuse survivors to deliver civil claims no matter when an assault occurred.
Bernard met the once-beloved actor on set of The Cosby Present the place he provided to be her mentor for her appearing profession. In line with the lawsuit obtained by Yahoo Leisure, Cosby “appeared upon Ms. Bernard as if she have been his daughter,” emphasizing “that chastity was a advantage, warned her of the sexual pressures of Hollywood” and mentioned she will name him “Daddy.”
Throughout a mentoring session at a Trump Taj Mahal suite, Bernard alleges Cosby made her a non-alcoholic beverage, however after ingesting it, she “started to really feel signs of dizziness, an urge to vomit, and weak point,” based on the doc. She claims she went out and in of consciousness, awaking at one level “to seek out Mr. Cosby bare atop her.” She remembers telling Cosby “no.” The morning after the alleged rape, Bernard claims Cosby handed her cash and secured her transportation again to New York.
“Mr. Cosby sexually assaulted, battered, and drugged Ms. Bernard on extra events,” the lawsuit alleges.
Bernard claims Cosby threatened to sue her for defamation if she went to the police and mentioned he would “erase” her if she reported the alleged abuse. He supposedly threatened her profession. She claims to have suffered post-traumatic stress dysfunction, nervousness, melancholy, nightmares, extreme bodily ache “and a number of different everlasting accidents.” She’s searching for “an quantity a minimum of” $25 million in damages.
Cosby’s rep Andrew Wyatt hit again on the lawsuit.
“These look again provisions are unconstitutional and they’re a sheer violation of a person’s constitutional rights and denies that particular person of their due course of,” Wyatt tells Yahoo Leisure. “That is simply one other try and abuse the authorized course of, by opening up the floodgates for individuals who by no means offered an oz. of proof, proof, reality and/or details, with a view to substantiate their alleged allegations. Mr. Cosby continues to take care of steadfast in his innocence and can vigorously combat any alleged allegations waged towards him and is prepared and in a position to take this combat to the best court docket in these United States of America.”
Cosby served greater than two years of a three- to 10-year sentence after being discovered responsible of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. His 2018 conviction was overturned in June.