Nine More Women Accuse Bill Cosby Of Sexual Assault In Recent Lawsuit
Nine additional women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault in a recent lawsuit filed in federal court in Nevada. The lawsuit alleges that Cosby, utilizing his “enormous power, fame, and prestige,” victimized these women. According to the allegations, the incidents took place individually between approximately 1979 and 1992 in various locations such as homes, dressing rooms, and hotels in Las Vegas, Reno, and Lake Tahoe. The 85-year-old former star of “The Cosby Show” now faces accusations of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment from over 60 women. Cosby has consistently denied all allegations related to sex crimes. Notably, he became the first high-profile figure to be tried and convicted in the #MeToo era but was later released in 2021 when a higher court overturned his conviction after serving nearly three years in a Pennsylvania state prison near Philadelphia.
Background and Allegations
Bill Cosby’s legal troubles continue to grow as nine more women join the long list of accusers. The lawsuit, filed on a Wednesday in federal court in Nevada, alleges that Cosby exploited his significant power, fame, and prestige to commit sexual assaults against these women. The incidents are said to have occurred individually between approximately 1979 and 1992 in various locations such as homes, dressing rooms, and hotels in Las Vegas, Reno, and Lake Tahoe.
One woman among the plaintiffs claims that Cosby, posing as her acting mentor, enticed her from New York to Nevada, where he drugged her in a hotel room using what he claimed was non-alcoholic sparkling cider, and then proceeded to rape her.
This latest lawsuit adds to the mounting accusations against Cosby, bringing the total number of women who have accused him of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment to over 60. Cosby has consistently denied all allegations relating to sexual misconduct.
Cosby’s Legal Journey
Bill Cosby’s legal battles have been closely followed in the context of the #MeToo movement. He became the first prominent figure to face trial and conviction during this era. Cosby spent nearly three years in a state prison near Philadelphia after being convicted, but his conviction was ultimately overturned by a higher court, resulting in his release in 2021.
The lawsuit in Nevada follows the recent elimination of a two-year deadline for adults to file sexual abuse cases in the state. This change was brought about by a bill signed by Governor Joe Lombardo. Similar “lookback laws” in other states have prompted further legal actions against Cosby.
One of the plaintiffs, Lise-Lotte Lublin, a Nevada native, had been an advocate for changing the law. Previously, she had alleged that Cosby drugged her and sexually assaulted her at a Las Vegas hotel in 1989.
It is important to note that The Associated Press does not identify individuals who claim to be victims of sexual assault unless they have come forward publicly.
Cosby’s publicist, Andrew Wyatt, criticized the “lookback laws” in a statement, arguing that civil suits are being allowed to overwhelm the courts, and suggesting that these women are pursuing lawsuits for personal gain and media attention. Wyatt stated that moving forward, they would challenge the credibility of the alleged victims both in the court of public opinion and within the courtroom.
Allegations of Abuse and Misuse of Power
The women involved in the lawsuit argue that Cosby used his significant power, fame, and prestige, along with false claims of wanting to assist them and their careers, as a pretext to isolate and sexually assault them.
These allegations further compound the already serious accusations against Bill Cosby, who stands accused by numerous women of using his influence.
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