Five women have sued American actor Bill Cosby for s*xual assault and battery under a new New York law. Two former actresses from "The Cosby Show" are among five women who filed a lawsuit Monday against Bill Cosby in New York state court, accusing him of s*xual assault and abuse dating back decades.
The 34-page lawsuit is filed by actresses Lili Bernard and Eden Thirl, Jewel Gittens, Jennifer Thompson, and Cindra Ladd. The lawsuit names Cosby and NBCUniversal Media, Kaufman Astoria Studios, and The Carsey-Werner Company, which jointly hosted "The Cosby Show" from 1984 to 1992, as defendants.
Cosby is accused of assault, battery, and infliction of emotional distress, among other things, and the media houses are accused of negligence. “Each plaintiff was s*xually assaulted and battered by defendant Bill Cosby in the same or similar manner when he used his power, fame, and prestige, including the power, fame and prestige given to him by [the] defendants … to misuse his enormous power in such a nefarious, horrific way,” the suit states.
“Now, these five Plaintiffs have come forward to stand up for themselves and others, after they were s*xually abused and assaulted by Bill Cosby”. In a statement, Cosby's spokesman Andrew Wyatt called the lawsuit "frivolous" and denied the allegations.
“As we have always stated and now America see [sic] that this isn’t about justice for victims of alleged s*xual assault but it’s ALL ABOUT MONEY,” he wrote in a statement. “We believe that the courts as well as the court of public opinion will follow the rules of law and relieve Mr.
Cosby of these alleged accusations. Mr. Cosby continues to vehemently deny all allegation [sic] waged against him and looks forward to defending himself in court”.
What does the lawsuit say?
According to the lawsuit, Cosby drugged and raped Lilly Bernard, who played Mrs.
Minifield on "The Cosby Show," in New Jersey and Nevada in 1990 and at his Manhattan home in 1991. Thirl, who had a small role as a police officer on “The Cosby Show,” alleges that Cosby touched her inappropriately without consent in his dressing room in 1989.
She also alleges that Cosby said he “owned” NBC, the lawsuit states. Gittens claims Cosby invited her to his Manhattan home in 1989 or 1990 to discuss working on "The Cosby Show," but then drugged and s*xually assaulted her.
Thompson also claims that Cosby forced her to touch him inappropriately without her consent at his Manhattan home in 1988 when she was 18. Ladd claimed that Cosby drugged and raped her in 1969. In 2014 and 2015, more than 50 women came forward with similar allegations that Cosby drugged them to incapacitate them, assaulted them, and then used his wealth and status in the entertainment industry to keep them quiet.
Earlier this year, a Los Angeles jury found Cosby liable in a lawsuit brought by Judy Huth, a woman who said he s*xually assaulted her as a teenager in the 1970s.