Bill Cosby’s legal troubles are apparently far from over. The 84-year-old has been charged with sexual assault by actress Lili Bernard, who claims she was drugged and raped by her mentor in 1990. Cosby, who was released from prison earlier this year, maintains his innocence.
“I’ve waited a long time to bring my case to court and I look forward to being heard and holding Cosby accountable for what he did to me. Even though it happened a long time ago, I still live with the fear, pain and shame every day of my life,” Bernard, who is represented by Merson Law, PLLC, said in a statement. She emerged as an alleged victim of Cosby’s years ago.
The lawsuit was filed in New Jersey federal court on Thursday. It is consistent with the state’s two-year retrospective that allows sexual abuse survivors to file civil claims regardless of when an attack occurred.
Bernard met the once beloved actor on the set of The Cosby Show where he offered to mentor her for her acting career. According to the lawsuit obtained by Yahoo Entertainment, “Cosby looked at Mrs. Bernard as if she were his daughter,” stressed “chastity was a virtue, warned her of the sexual pressures of Hollywood” and said she could call him “daddy.” “
During a mentoring session at a Trump Taj Mahal suite, Bernard claimed that Cosby made her a non-alcoholic drink, but after drinking it, “she began to feel symptoms of dizziness, an urge to vomit, and weakness,” according to the report. the document. She claims she went in and out of consciousness and at one point woke up “to find Mr. Cosby naked on top of her.” She remembers saying ‘no’ to Cosby. The morning after the alleged rape, Bernard claims that Cosby gave her money and arranged her transportation to New York.
“Mr. Cosby has sexually assaulted, assaulted and drugged Mrs. Bernard on other occasions,” the lawsuit alleges.
Bernard claims Cosby threatened to sue her for libel if she went to the police and said he would “erase” her if she reported the alleged abuse. He would have threatened her career. She claims to have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, nightmares, severe physical pain “and multiple other permanent injuries”. She is demanding “not less than” $25 million in damages.
Cosby’s representative Andrew Wyatt hit back at the lawsuit.
“These retrospective provisions are unconstitutional and they are a pure violation of a person’s constitutional rights and deprive that person of due process,” Wyatt told Yahoo Entertainment. “This is just another attempt to abuse the legal process by opening the floodgates to people who have never presented an ounce of evidence, evidence, truth and/or facts to back up their alleged allegations. Mr. Cosby continues. steadfast in his innocence and will vigorously fight all alleged charges against him and is willing and able to bring this fight to the highest court in this United States of America.”
Cosby was serving more than two years in prison from three to 10 years after being found guilty of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. His 2018 conviction was overturned in June.