Another Woman Files Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against Bill Cosby, NBC

A girl who alleges Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1986 sued the comedian-actor, NBCUniversal and different firms Friday in New York, the place 5 different ladies filed an analogous lawsuit earlier this month.

Stacey Pinkerton says she was a 21-year-old flight attendant and mannequin that yr when she claims Cosby drugged her at a restaurant in Illinois and took her again to a lodge room in Chicago. The lawsuit alleges Cosby “engaged in forced sexual intercourse” together with her whereas she was incapacitated from the medicine.

The lawsuit comes greater than a yr after Cosby left jail after his 2018 sexual assault conviction in Pennsylvania was overturned. Earlier this yr, a Los Angeles jury awarded $500,000 to a girl who mentioned Cosby sexually abused her on the Playboy Mansion when she was an adolescent in 1975.

Pinkerton says the alleged assault got here after she had met Cosby in New York and he promised to assist her profession. She says she had a job in an episode of “The Cosby Show” on NBC, however didn’t seem within the ultimate edit.

Months after the alleged assault, Pinkerton mentioned Cosby invited her to his present at a Chicago theater, the place she claims he forcefully kissed and touched her.

“Cosby engaged in the same or similar pattern of conduct with his victims,” Pinkerton’s lawsuit says, “including expressing interest in advancing their careers, giving them roles on The Cosby Show, using The Cosby Show and its filming locations as a means to access, isolate, sexually harass, and sexually assault women, using drugs to incapacitate his victims, and forcibly engaging in sexual acts with them without their consent.”

The lawsuit alleges that NBC, Kaufman Astoria Studios and Carsey-Werner Tv ought to have identified Cosby was a hazard to ladies and failed to guard Pinkerton from him.

FILE – Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing listening to following his sexual assault conviction on the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A girl who alleges Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1986 sued the comedian-actor, NBCUniversal and different firms, in New York on Friday.

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Cosby spokesperson Andrew Wyatt mentioned Friday evening that Cosby “continues to vehemently deny all allegations waged against him and looks forward to defending himself in court.”

“As we have always stated, and now America can see, this isn’t about justice for victims of alleged sexual assault, it’s ALL ABOUT MONEY,” Wyatt wrote in an e mail to The Related Press. “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.”

Representatives of NBCUniversal, Kaufman Astoria Studios and Carsey-Werner Tv didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark Friday evening. All three firms had been concerned within the manufacturing of “The Cosby Show,” Pinkerton’s lawsuit mentioned.

The lawsuits by Pinkerton and the 5 different ladies had been filed underneath New York’s one-year window for adults to file sexual abuse complaints for allegations that had fallen outdoors the statute of limitations to sue.

Cosby served practically three years in jail earlier than the Pennsylvania Supreme Courtroom overturned his conviction, discovering that he gave incriminating testimony in a deposition concerning the encounter solely after believing he had immunity from prosecution. The trial decide and an intermediate appeals courtroom had discovered no proof of such immunity.

Seven different accusers obtained a settlement from Cosby’s insurers within the wake of the Pennsylvania conviction over a defamation lawsuit that they had filed in Massachusetts. Their lawsuit mentioned that Cosby and his brokers disparaged them in denying their allegations of abuse.