A former actress and one in every of Bill Cosby’s most vocal accusers has filed a lawsuit towards the disgraced comic, alleging he drugged and raped her at one in every of Donald Trump’s Atlantic City lodges again in 1990.
Lili Bernard, who has beforehand spoken out publicly about her Cosby allegations, filed the civil grievance towards the 84-year-old in New Jersey federal courtroom on Thursday.
She is searching for $125 million in damages from Cosby.
Bernard, who first met Cosby on the set of “The Cosby Show,” alleges the comic provided to behave as her mentor whereas she labored as a younger actress in the ’90s, in line with the lawsuit.
She claims Cosby, who had promised to characteristic her on his present, coerced her to journey to Atlantic City from New York in August 1990 for a enterprise assembly on the Trump Taj Mahal with a person he described as a producer.
After they ate, Bernard alleges the assembly moved to the eating room of a collection in the lodge the place Cosby made her a non-alcoholic drink, the lawsuit stated.
Bernard began to really feel “dizziness, an urge to vomit and weakness” after consuming the drink, in line with the grievance.
The lawsuit claims Cosby then helped Bernard to the toilet, earlier than allegedly telling her, “Daddy’s going to get you something to feel better.”
The budding actress alleges she misplaced consciousness and awoke to seek out Cosby undressing her. Despite telling him no, Bernard alleges Cosby continued to undress her.
She got here in and out of consciousness a number of occasions, together with as soon as when Cosby was allegedly raping her and once more when she awoke bare in a bath contained in the lodge room.
When she woke the next morning, Bernard claims Cosby dressed her, gave her cash and ushered her to a ready automobile to take her again to New York, in line with the lawsuit.
Cosby then allegedly threatened to “erase” her and sue her for defamation if she went to the police, the lawsuit prices.
“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,” Bernard stated in a press release Thursday.
“Although it occurred long ago, I still live with the fear, pain and shame every day of my life.”
The lawsuit was filed below a New Jersey regulation that lifted the statute of limitations for grownup survivors of kid intercourse abuse in the state for 2 years.
Cosby was launched from a Pennsylvania jail in July after the state’s highest courtroom overturned his legal sexual assault case.
He served two years after being discovered responsible of drugging and violating Temple University sports administrator Andrea Constand at his dwelling in 2004.
Bernard is one in every of dozens of girls who’ve accused Cosby of assaulting them.
She has been vocal in the previous about her allegations and has joined different accusers at various his courtroom hearings through the years.
Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt informed The Post the comic continues to keep up his innocence in the wake of the brand new lawsuit, vowing to “vigorously fight any alleged allegations waged against him.”
“These look back provisions are unconstitutional and they are a sheer violation of an individual’s constitutional rights and denies that individual of their due process,” Wyatt stated in a press release.
“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.”
He additionally pointed to New Jersey prosecutors declining to maneuver ahead with an investigation into Bernard’s allegations in 2015.