American actress, Lili Bernard, has filed a lawsuit against Bill Cosby.
According to court documents, Bernard is alleging that Cosby drugged and raped her in Atlantic City around August in 1990,
In the lawsuit, the actress alleged that she met the comedian on the set of “The Cosby Show”, and that in July 1990, he offered to be a mentor for her acting career.
The documents said the 77-year-old told the plaintiff that he would take her as his own daughter, and warned her of “the sexual pressures of Hollywood”.
Cosby allegedly told her that he would feature her in a principal speaking role on his show, “if she worked hard and followed his directions.”
According to the lawsuit, Cosby “violently, and without permission grabbed and squeezed” her breasts during an exercise in vocal projection.
Bernard alleges in the suit, that around August 1990, Cosby drugged and raped her at the Trump Taj Mahal casino resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, after enticing her to travel there by telling her he was arranging a meeting with a producer who would advance her career.
In reaction to the lawsuit, Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s spokesman, in a statement on Thursday, said:
“This is just another attempt to abuse the legal process, by opening up the flood gates for people, who never presented an ounce of evidence, proof, truth and/or facts, in order to substantiate their alleged allegations.
“Mr. Cosby continues to maintain steadfast in his innocence and will vigorously fight ANY alleged allegations waged against him and is willing and able to take this fight to the highest court in these United States of America.”
Wyatt added that in July 2015, “the New Jersey Prosecutor terminated the investigation against Mr. Cosby and decided not to move forward with Lili Bernard claims,” adding that the allegations were “far beyond the statute of limitations.”
The actress, who has previously accused Cosby of assault, spoke outside the courthouse when he was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in April 2018, for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, another accuser, at his Pennsylvania home.
Documents dating back to 2005 from a civil lawsuit filed by Constand, showed Cosby had admitted to acquiring prescription Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with.
However, he has not admitted to actually drugging any of his accusers.
Cosby’s publicist at the time the documents were made public, declined to comment.
Constand and Cosby, who did not admit to wrongdoing, agreed to a civil settlement in 2006.
His criminal conviction was overturned in June, and he was released from prison after Pennsylvania’s highest court said the disgraced actor’s due process rights were violated.
In her lawsuit, Bernard alleged that Cosby prepared a beverage for her to drink, after which she began to feel “symptoms of dizziness, an urge to vomit, and weakness.”
According to her in the lawsuit, she vomited and lost consciousness.
The lawsuit described Bernard allegedly going in and out of consciousness, waking up to find Cosby undressing her despite her saying “no,” and later awoke again to find Cosby naked on top of her and raping her.
In the court documents, Bernard said she then awoke to find herself naked and unable to move in an empty bathtub or Jacuzzi, and then awoke naked in bed the next morning.
The suit alleges that Cosby threatened the actress that he would file a police report against her, if she went to the police.
She further said he threatened to “erase” her and prevent her from working in the entertainment industry if she reported what happened.
Bernard said she has suffered psychological, mental and physical trauma.
Consequently, she is seeking $125 million in damages, according to the lawsuit.
“I have waited a long time to be able to pursue my case in court and I look forward to being heard and to hold Cosby accountable for what he did to me. Although it occurred long ago, I still live with the fear, pain and shame every day of my life,” Bernard said in a news release.
Cosby, who is best known for his role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the classic television series ‘The Cosby Show,’, has been accused of sexual assault by more than three dozen women.
However, he has never been charged for any of the allegations.
Last week, three other women broke their silence, accusing the man of sexually assault.
Cosby’s attorney has previously dismissed similar allegations against the actor by other women, describing them as “discredited” and “defamatory.”