Five women have filed a new sexual harassment complaint against Bill Cosby on Monday. The lawsuit claims that he was the victim of physical assault, mental anguish, and unjust confinement.
This lawsuit was filed within the time limit set by New York’s Adult Survivors Act. On Monday, five women used New York’s Adult Survivors Act to file a lawsuit against Bill Cosby, accusing him of sexual assault and other forms of violence.
In a case filed in New York state court against Cosby, five women named Lili Bernard, Eden Tirl, Jewel Gittens, Jennifer Thompson, and Cinda Ladd allege that he assaulted, battered, inflicted emotional distress upon, and falsely imprisoned them over the course of decades.
NBCUniversal Media, Kaufman Astoria Studios, and The Carsey-Werner Company, all of which were responsible for airing episodes of “The Cosby Show” between 1984 and 1992, are named as defendants in the lawsuit. Insider reached out to all three companies for comment, but did not immediately hear back.
It is alleged in the complaint that “Defendant Bill Cosby sexually assaulted and battered each of the named plaintiffs in the same or similar manner by using his power, fame, and prestige, including the power, fame, and prestige given to him by defendants NBCUniversal Media, LLC, Kaufman Astoria Studios, Inc., and The Carsey-Werner Company, LLC.”
In the lawsuit, Bernard claims that in 1990 and 1991, Cosby drugged and attacked him in New Jersey, Nevada, and Manhattan. A suit filed by Tirl in 1989 alleges that the actor grabbed her improperly in his dressing room.
Gittens alleges that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in Manhattan in 1989 or 1990, while Thompson claims that he inappropriately touched her in the same city in 1988. As early as 1969, allegations surfaced that Ladd had been drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby.
This lawsuit was filed under New York’s Adult Survivors Act, which went into effect at the end of November. A sexual assault suit can be filed in court up to one year after the alleged assault, regardless of when it actually took place.
More than fifty women, some of whom had been victims of Cosby’s abuse as far back as the 1960s, came forward with charges against him in 2014.
Bill Cosby was found guilty in the first high-profile trial of the #MeToo movement in 2018, three years after he was accused of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand. Once found guilty and sentenced to 3-10 years in prison, his conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in 2021 on the grounds that his due process rights had been violated.
Then, in June of this year, a Los Angeles civil court jury found Cosby liable for the sexual assault of a teenage Judy Huth at the Playboy Mansion in 1975.
Insider tried to get in touch with both Cosby’s camp and the plaintiff’s attorney, but they didn’t immediately answer. His longtime spokesperson Andrew Wyatt told Deadline that Cosby “continues to firmly refute all allegation filed against him and looks forward to defending himself in court.”