Bill Cosby sued by 5 new women for sexual assault under New York’s new Adult Survivors Act

NEW YORK — Actor Bill Cosby faces new allegations of sexual assault and assault by five women under New York’s new Adult Survivors Act, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.

The lawsuit was filed in New York state court by actresses Lili Bernard and Eden Tirl, who each appeared on The Cosby Show, along with Jewel Gittens, Jennifer Thompson and Cindra Ladd, alleging Cosby of assault, assault and infliction of emotional distress and deprivation of liberty and accuses the media companies of negligence. The lawsuit also names NBC, the studio that recorded The Cosby Show, and the show’s production company.

Cosby “used his power, fame, and prestige, including the power, fame, and prestige bestowed upon him by defendants NBCUniversal Media, LLC, Kaufman Astoria Studios, Inc., and The Carsey-Werner Company, LLC abusing his tremendous power in such a shameful, horrific way,” the lawsuit reads.

Cosby, in a statement from his representatives, denied the allegations and said: “Mr. Cosby continues to vehemently deny all allegations against him and looks forward to defending himself in court.”

The Adult Survivors Act, which went into effect on Thanksgiving, allows alleged adult victims of sexual assault to file claims that would otherwise be statute-barred. Most of the women’s allegations occurred in the late ’80s and early ’90s, while Ladd claims she was raped “about 1969.”

The five women’s lawsuit contains allegations similar to numerous other lawsuits against Cosby, who was convicted in 2018 of sexually assaulting Temple University staffer Andrea Constand in 2004.

The conviction was vacated in June 2021 when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court concluded that Cosby’s prosecution should never have taken place due to a deal he made with the Montgomery County prosecutor, who agreed to keep Cosby non-criminal prosecuted if he testified in a civil proceeding brought against him by Constand.

According to the new lawsuit, Cosby drugged and raped Bernard, including once in August 1990 when he arranged a meeting under the false pretense that he wanted to help advance Bernard’s career.

“Bill Cosby drugged Ms Bernard without her consent by adding an unknown intoxicant to an allegedly soft drink which he had prepared and provided to Ms Bernard. After Ms. Bernard was incapacitated by the unknown intoxicant, Bill Cosby stripped and raped her without her consent,” the lawsuit said.

Eden Tirl, who had a small role as a police officer on “The Cosby Show,” declined repeated invitations to Cosby’s dressing room before being asked to leave, the lawsuit says.

“Suddenly and without consent, Bill Cosby came up behind her, pulled her arms down, wrapped them around her chest and held her so Ms. Tirl could not move or escape his grasp,” the lawsuit reads, before describing a subsequent raid.

Cosby’s representatives said the women were “unwilling to accept” that Cosby would be “confirmed” by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

“For the record, these alleged prosecutors were once represented by Mrs. (Gloria) Allred and were part of the Prosecutors’ Parade from 2014 to 2016,” they wrote. “As we’ve always said, and now America can see, this isn’t about justice for victims of alleged sexual assault, it’s ALL about MONEY. We believe that the courts, as well as the court of public opinion, will follow the rules of the law and clear Mr. Cosby of these alleged allegations.”

ABC News’ Linsey Davis contributed to this report.

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