- Bill Cosby was accused by five women of sexual assault in a new lawsuit filed Monday.
- The lawsuit charges him with assault, battery, infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment.
- The lawsuit was filed under New York’s Adult Survivors Law, which allows plaintiffs a one-year window.
Bill Cosby faces new charges of sexual assault and battery by five women under New York’s Adult Survivors Law, according to a lawsuit filed on Monday.
The lawsuit, which was filed in New York state court by Lili Bernard, Eden Tirl, Jewel Gittens, Jennifer Thompson and Cinda Ladd, accuses Cosby of assault, battery, infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment in encounters dating back decades. behind. check for unspecified damage.
The lawsuit also lists NBCUniversal Media, Kaufman Astoria Studios and The Carsey-Werner Company, which ran “The Cosby Show” from 1984 to 1992, as defendants, accusing them of “negligence.” Representatives for the three companies did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
“Each plaintiff was sexually assaulted and abused by defendant Bill Cosby in the same or a similar manner when he used his power, fame, and prestige, including the power, fame, and prestige granted to him by defendants NBCUniversal Media, LLC, Kaufman Astoria Studios, Inc. and The Carsey-Werner Company, LLC, to misuse their enormous power in such nefarious and horrific ways,” the complaint reads.
According to the lawsuit, Cosby drugged and raped Bernard in New Jersey and Nevada in 1990, as well as in Manhattan in 1991. Tirl accuses the actor of inappropriately touching her without her consent in 1989 in her dressing room. Gittens alleges that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in Manhattan in 1989 or 1990, while Thompson alleges that Cosby groped her inappropriately in Manhattan in 1988. And Ladd accused Cosby of drugging and raping her in 1969.
The lawsuit was filed under New York’s Adult Survivors Law, which went into effect at the end of November. The law suspend the statute of limitations in select sex crimes, allowing plaintiffs a one-year window, regardless of when the alleged crime occurred.
More than 50 women came forward in 2014 with similar allegations dating back to the 1960s accusing Cosby of drugging, assaulting and pressuring them to remain silent.
Cosby was accused in 2015 of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand and finally convicted in 2018 in the first major trial of the #MeToo movement. he was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison but released in 2021 when the The Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed his conviction.claiming that their rights to due process were violated.
Then a Los Angeles jury found Cosby responsible this June in a civil case brought by Judy Huth, a woman who said he sexually assaulted her as a teenager at the Playboy Mansion in 1975.
Cosby’s representative and the plaintiff’s attorney did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment. Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s longtime spokesman said deadline that Cosby “continues to vehemently deny all the allegations against him and looks forward to defending himself in court.”