A girl who alleges Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1986 sued the comedian-actor, NBCUniversal and different firms Friday (Dec. 30) in New York, the place 5 different girls filed the same 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 resort room in Chicago. The lawsuit alleges Cosby “engaged in forced sexual intercourse” together with her whereas she was incapacitated from the medication.
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 woman who mentioned Cosby sexually abused her on the Playboy Mansion when she was a young person 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 last 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 Television ought to have recognized Cosby was a hazard to girls and failed to guard Pinkerton from him.
Cosby spokesperson Andrew Wyatt mentioned Friday night time 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 Associated 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 Television didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark Friday night time. 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 girls had been filed beneath 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 Court 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 choose 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 they’d filed in Massachusetts. Their lawsuit mentioned that Cosby and his brokers disparaged them in denying their allegations of abuse.