Five Women File New Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Bill Cosby
Lili Bernard, Eden Tirl, Jewel Gittens, Jennifer Thompson and Cindra Ladd have filed a sexual assault and abuse lawsuit against Bill Cosby, accusing him of battery, assault and emotional distress as well as drugging, sexually molesting and raping multiple women.
The suit falls under New York’s new Adult Survivors Act, which grants sexual abuse survivors one year to file claims addressing sexual crimes that go beyond the statute of limitations.
NBCUniversal along with the production companies Kaufman Astoria Studios and the Carsey-Werner Company were also listed as defendants. The states that the suit “alleges the companies facilitated sexual assault by ‘bestowing Bill Cosby with power or the appearance of power at The Cosby Show and beyond.'”
Upwards of 60 women in total have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them between the late 60s and 90s with many on the set of The Cosby Show.
Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s representative, said in a statement, “This isn’t about justice for victims of alleged sexual assault, it’s all about money.”
In 2018, Cosby was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault and sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. However, in 2021, this sentence was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, citing an unfair violation of due process.
He served three years of a three to 10-year sentence.
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