Bill Cosby, NBC and TV corporations sued in sexual abuse lawsuit

Bill Cosby is dealing with extra authorized turmoil for alleged sexual assault, greater than a yr after he was free of jail in 2021.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in New York state courtroom, 5 girls — together with “Cosby Show” actors Lili Bernard and Eden Tirl — claimed they have been “sexually abused or assaulted” by the previous tv star, the Related Press reported Tuesday. Bernard, Tirl and Cindra Ladd, who beforehand spoke out about Cosby’s alleged conduct, are suing the actor alongside further plaintiffs Jewel Gittens and Jennifer Thompson underneath New York’s one-year window for adults to file sexual abuse complaints.

The swimsuit (by way of the Hill) additionally claims NBC and tv corporations Kaufman Astoria Studios and Carsey-Werner Tv are “culpable and liable” for Cosby’s alleged sexual assault. “The Cosby Show” was filmed at Kaufman Astoria Studios, produced by Carsey-Werner; it aired on NBC from 1984 to 1992.

In a press release to The Occasions on Tuesday, Cosby’s consultant, Andrew Wyatt, referred to as the newest lawsuit “frivolous.”

“These alleged accusers were once represented by [Attorney Gloria Allred] and were a part of parade of accusers back in 2014 through 2016. 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 stated in an e mail assertion.

“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 waged against him and looks forward to defending himself in court.”

Representatives from NBC and Carsey-Werner didn’t instantly reply to The Occasions’ request for touch upon Tuesday. Kaufman Astoria Studios couldn’t be reached for remark.

The 34-page lawsuit particulars a number of, separate situations of alleged rape and drugging by Cosby all through the Nineteen Sixties and into the ‘90s. Several of the defendants alleged that Cosby, 85, had placed an “intoxicant” in their beverages and raped them. The allegations were in line with those by women who had previously spoken out against Cosby.

The suit alleges that Cosby threatened to “blacklist” one of the plaintiffs if she resisted his forceful sexual advances or spoke out against his behavior. The women say NBC, Kaufman Astoria and Carsey-Werner “should have known that Bill Cosby was a danger to women” and that the companies “bestowed upon Bill Cosby power or the appearance of power… to access and sexually abuse women.”

In September 2018, Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault after multiple women, including Tamara Green and Victoria Valentino, came forward with their allegations of rape and drugging against the actor. Three years later, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned Cosby’s sexual assault conviction attributable to a “non-persecution” settlement the comic made with the Montgomery County district legal professional.

Earlier this yr, Cosby was ordered to pay $500,000 for sexually abusing Judy Huth on the Playboy Mansion when she was 16 years outdated within the ‘70s.