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Bill Cosby sued for sexual assault under new NY lookback law

Bill Cosby sued for sexual assault under new NY lookback law



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Two former “The Cosby Show” actresses are among five women who have filed a lawsuit Bill Cosby He was charged in New York state court on Monday with sexual assault and abuse dating back decades.

The 34-page lawsuit is brought by actresses Lily Barnard and Eden Tearle, as well as Jewel Gittens, Jennifer Thompson and Cindra Ladd. The lawsuit names Cosby and media companies NBCUniversal Media, Kaufman Astoria Studios and The Kersey-Warner Company, which together ran “The Cosby Show” from 1984 to 1992, as defendants.

The lawsuit accuses Cosby of assault, battery, infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment, and accuses media organizations of negligence.

“Each Plaintiff was sexually harassed and injured in the same or similar manner by Defendant Bill Cosby when he exercised his power, fame and prestige, including the power, fame and prestige conferred upon him. [the] Defendants … to abuse his enormous power in such a heinous, menacing way,” the lawsuit said.

“Now, these five plaintiffs have come forward to stand up for themselves and others after being sexually assaulted and assaulted by Bill Cosby.”

In a statement, Cosby spokesman Andrew Watt called the lawsuit “nonsense” and denied the allegations.

“As we have always said and now America is watching [sic] That this is not about justice for the victims of alleged sexual assault but about money,” she wrote in a statement. “We trust that the courts as well as the court of public opinion will follow the rule of law and exonerate Mr. Cosby from these alleged allegations. Mr. Cosby has vehemently denied all allegations. is doing [sic] He has been put to war and looks forward to defending himself in court.”

NBC, Carsey-Warner and Kaufman Astoria did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A case is filed under Sec New York’s Adult Survivors ActPassed last month, it gives adult victims of sexual abuse a one-year window to file lawsuits against their abuse even after the statute of limitations has expired on their claims.

Law reflects the state Child Predation Act 2019, which similarly opened a two-year window for survivors of child sexual abuse to sue their abusers. This Act has led to about 10,600 cases, including one The prominent case against Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein. (Prince Andrew denies wrongdoing and agrees Case settlement.)

The idea behind the lookback window is that victims of sexual assault take years to publicly talk about their trauma, and this law gives them a chance to finally have their day in court.

The allegations in Monday’s lawsuit mirror longstanding complaints against Cosby, the 85-year-old comedian and actor once known as “America’s Dad” for his public persona as a domineering father figure.

According to the lawsuit, Cosby drugged and raped Bernard, who played Mrs. Minifield on “The Cosby Show,” in 1990 in New Jersey and Nevada and in 1991 at her Manhattan home. Cosby’s alleged abuse has been addressed before and spoke in action outside the courthouse at his criminal trial.

Thirl, who had a small role as a police officer on “The Cosby Show,” alleged that Cosby touched her inappropriately in her dressing room in 1989 without consent. He also alleged that Cosby said he “owned” NBC, the lawsuit said.

Gittens alleges that Cosby invited her to his Manhattan home in 1989 or 1990 to discuss working on “The Cosby Show” but then drugged and sexually assaulted her.

Thompson alleges that Cosby touched her inappropriately without her consent at his Manhattan home in 1988 when she was 18. Ladd alleged that Cosby drugged her and raped her in 1969.

In 2014 and 2015, More than 50 women came forward with similar allegations that he drugged them to incapacitate them, assaulted them and then used his wealth and status in the entertainment industry to coerce them into silence.

In 2015 he was accused of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand and – after the first trial ended with a hung jury – was Convicted in 2018 In the first major trial of the #MeToo movement. He was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison and is due to be released in 2021 The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld his convictionSays his due process rights were violated.

At the beginning of this year, the jury of Los Angeles Dr A civil lawsuit has been held against Cosby was brought by Judy Huth, a woman who said he sexually assaulted her as a teenager in the 1970s.


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