Artist sues Bill Cosby for alleged hotel meeting in 1990
A prominent Bill Cosby accuser sues the actor over an alleged meeting in a 1990 hotel room in Atlantic City, New Jersey, before the state’s two-year deadline for filing assault complaints expired older sexual.
Los Angeles artist Lili Bernard told The Associated Press she was motivated in part by Mr Cosby’s recent release from prison.
The 84-year-old former artist has been free since June, when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his 2018 sexual assault conviction in another case on procedural grounds.
He had served more than two years of a potential 10-year sentence.
Ms Bernard, 57, claims Mr Cosby drugged and raped her in a hotel room after promising to guide her to his top rated American TV show. She was 26 at the time.
New Jersey’s two-year window for filing sexual assault charges that would otherwise be considered too old to prosecute ends next month.
Ms Bernard said: âWhen Bill Cosby was released it traumatized me, it terrified me. I was really horrified for any woman or girl who came into contact with him.
âThe Pennsylvania Supreme Court has let a predator return to the streets. “
The Pennsylvania trial judge had classified Mr. Cosby as a sexually violent predator under lifetime surveillance, but that finding became moot when the conviction was overturned, leaving Mr. Cosby free from any obligation to report.
Mr Cosby’s spokesperson said so-called “look back” windows like the one adopted in New Jersey violate a person’s due process rights.
“This is just another attempt to abuse the legal process, opening the floodgates for people who have never presented any evidence,” spokesman Andrew Wyatt said, noting that Mr. United States of America “.
Suburban Philadelphia prosecutors are soon to decide whether to file and appeal the overturn of his conviction in their case in the United States Supreme Court.
A jury found Mr Cosby guilty of sexually assaulting Temple University sports administrator Andrea Constand at her home in January 2004 after neutralizing her with three blue pills.
Mr Cosby was arrested in 2015, days before the 12-year limitation period expired.
The state Supreme Court said the case should not have gone to trial because Mr Cosby believed he had a binding promise from a former prosecutor that he would never be charged.
Mr Cosby settled a civil lawsuit with Constand for $ 3.4million (Â£ 2.48million). His insurer, after conviction, settled a libel action filed by seven accusers in Massachusetts for an undisclosed amount.
Ms. Constand and Ms. Bernard have both waived their anonymity.