Bill Cosby: Lili Bernard files lawsuit alleging actor drugged and raped her
Cosby reportedly told Bernard that he would feature her in a lead role on his show “if she works hard and follows his instructions”. According to the lawsuit, Cosby “grabbed and squeezed violently and without permission” her breasts during a vocal projection exercise.
Bernard alleges in the lawsuit that around August 1990, Cosby drugged and raped her at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, after enticing her to go there by telling her that he was arranging a meeting with a producer who would advance his career.
Andrew Wyatt, spokesperson for Cosby, said in a statement Thursday: “This is just another attempt to abuse legal process, by opening the floodgates for people, who have never presented an ounce of evidence, evidence, truth and / or fact, in to support their alleged claims.
âMr. Cosby continues to stand steadfast in his innocence and will vigorously fight ANY alleged allegations made against him and is willing and able to take this fight to the highest court in the United States of America,â Wyatt said.
Wyatt added that in July 2015, “the New Jersey attorney terminated the investigation against Mr. Cosby and decided not to proceed with Lili Bernard’s complaints,” adding that the allegations were “well beyond the limitation period”.
In her trial, Bernard alleged that Cosby had prepared a beverage for her to drink, after which she began to experience “symptoms of dizziness, an urge to vomit and weakness”. She threw up and passed out, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit described Bernard walking in and out of consciousness, waking up to find Cosby undressing her despite saying “no”, and then waking up again to find Cosby naked on top of her. and rape her. In the costume, Bernard said she then woke up to find herself naked and unable to move in an empty tub or jacuzzi, then woke up naked in bed the next morning.
The lawsuit alleges Cosby threatened the actress that he would file a police report against her if she surrendered to the police, and that he would “erase” her and prevent her from working in the entertainment industry if. she reported what had happened.
Bernard said she suffered psychological, mental and physical trauma. She claims $ 125 million in damages, according to the lawsuit.
“I have waited a long time to be able to pursue my case in court and look forward to being heard and holding Cosby accountable for what he did to me. Although this happened a long time ago, I still live with fear, pain and shame every day of my life, âBernard said in a statement.
Steve Forrest of CNN contributed to this report.