In a lawsuit filed in Nevada on Wednesday, nine women claimed that Bill Cosby had sexually assaulted them decades earlier. This comes after the US state eliminated the statute of limitations for civil sexual abuse lawsuits.
The US comedian was accused in the lawsuit of using his “enormous power, fame, and prestige” to isolate the ladies and harass them sexually.
The claimed assaults on the women occurred between 1979 and 1992 in residences, motels, and changing rooms in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, and Reno.
After Nevada repealed the civil statute of limitations for cases of adult sexual abuse on May 31, they were able to file a lawsuit. The state had previously set a two-year deadline for anybody over 18 to file court cases.
Cosby, 85, played the role of “America’s Dad” on “The Cosby Show,” which ran from 1984 to 1992, and was a towering presence in American popular culture of the late 20th century.
Numerous women have long-standing accusations against him of being a predator, dating back decades.
In the course of four decades, Cosby is said by about 60 women to have been a cunning serial predator who plied his victims with sedatives and booze before assaulting them.
Despite multiple lawsuits being filed against him, Cosby has never been convicted of a crime; yet, he was found guilty in a civil action last year.
He was incarcerated in a criminal case in 2018, and after his conviction was reversed on a technicality in 2021, he was released.
One of the women cited in the Nevada case, Lise-Lotte Lublin, had earlier claimed that Cosby had drugged her in a hotel room in Las Vegas in 1989.
Lublin claimed that Cosby gave her two cocktails that made her queasy, ordered her to sit between his knees, caressed her hair, and then requested her to go to sleep.
Janice Dickinson, Janice Baker Kinney, Lili Bernard, Heidi Thomas, Linda Kirkpatrick, Rebecca Cooper, Pam Joy Abeyta, and Angela Leslie are additional defendants in the action.
According to Andrew Wyatt, a spokesperson for Bill Cosby, the women who are suing Cosby were driven by their “addiction to massive amounts of media attention and greed.”