A woman has come forward to file a $125 million* federal lawsuit against the comedian Bill Cosby claiming he drugged and sexually assaulted her during an alleged mentorship that began on The Cosby Show together.
Law and Crime reports that they have obtained legal documents that show Lili Bernard, who first charged Cosby, 84, years ago and is now seeking significant punitive damages against him for assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and forcible confinement. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, states that Cosby “sexually assaulted, beat, and drugged Ms. Bernard on other occasions.”
Bernard claims in court documents that she first met Cosby on the set of “The Cosby Show” around July 1990 and he offered to mentor her as an actor. Cosby promised the actress that he would give her a role on the show, but she would have to go through her training program. Bernard says part of the program included him providing answers to “detailed questions about his life.”
The lawsuit also claims that while doing breathing and vocal exercises, Cosby grabbed Bernard’s breasts. When she protested, Cosby “feigned innocence and acted insulting”.
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A month later, Bernard alleges that Cosby arranged what she thought was a meeting at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City with an influential producer who could “advance” her career.
Bernard says she accepted a soft drink, then began to feel dizzy, weak and nauseous. She claims to have lost consciousness but remembers protesting when Cosby started to undress her, telling her “No”. She claims she woke up seeing Cosby rape her before she lost consciousness again.
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Cosby served more than two years of a three- to 10-year sentence at Philadelphia-area state prison. Previously, Cosby vowed to serve the 10 years rather than admit remorse during the 2004 encounter with victim and accuser. Andrea Constant.
The former comedian was found guilty of drugging and assaulting Constand in his suburban home. In late 2015, he was charged when a prosecutor presented new, unsealed evidence.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said the testimony tainted the trial, even though a lower appeals court deemed it appropriate to show a characteristic pattern of drug and sexual assault against women. He was released on June 30.
In response to the allegations, Cosby’s spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, released a statement on Cosby’s Instagram account, saying, “This is just another attempt to abuse the legal process by opening the floodgates to people, who have never presented an ounce of evidence, proof, truth and/or facts, to back up their alleged claims. Mr. Cosby continues to steadfastly maintain his innocence and will vigorously fight ANY alleged allegations against him and is willing and able to take that fight to the highest court in this United States of America. The statement is followed by the hashtags #BillCosby #ConstitutionalRights #DueProcess.
Nonetheless, Bernard strongly claims that she suffered a number of emotional traumas, including “post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, emotional distress and its physical sequelae, nightmares, flashbacks, inability to sleep, severe physical pain and suffering, severe emotional disturbances. pain and suffering, embarrassment and multiple other permanent injuries.
EDITOR’S NOTE: * An earlier version of this story said Ms Bernard is suing Mr Cosby for $25million. In fact, her lawsuit says she is suing him for $125 million for punitive damages, interest, lawsuit costs, and other relief for $25 million on five major counts.