Five women who claim that the embattled comedian/ actor sexually assaulted them have filed a fresh lawsuit against Bill Cosby. According to TMZ, the majority of the plaintiffs in the complaint played supporting characters on The Cosby Show.
The women allege that Bill Cosby portrayed himself as a mentor, as they strived to break into the acting business in the ’80s and ’90s. The plaintiffs say that Cosby was able to take advantage of them because they were “young and vulnerable,” as reported by TMZ.
Lili Bernard, the first woman, appeared in a 1992 episode of The Cosby Show. She claims in the lawsuit that Cosby repeatedly drugged and assaulted her. She remembers waking up once when what she believes to be an assault was happening. She claims Cosby attempted to suffocate her with a pillow.
The second woman, Cindra Ladd, alleges Cosby assaulted her after he gave her a pill for a headache that made her pass out. She says she tried to go to the police afterward. But Cosby threw her down a flight of stairs and said he would destroy her. She adds that she did not report the crime out of fear for her life.
The third woman, Eden Tirl, played a minor role as a cop on The Cosby Show. She says that she was escorted by one of the show’s employees to Cosby’s dressing room.
Cindra Ladd, the second woman, claims Cosby assaulted her after giving her a headache medication that caused her to pass out. She claims that she attempted to contact the police later. Bill Cosby, however, hurled her down a flight of stairs and threatened to kill her. She adds that she feared for her life and decided not to report the crime.
On The Cosby Show, Eden Tirl, a third woman, had a little part as a police officer. She claims that a cast member of the performance led her to Cosby’s dressing room.
He allegedly locked the door, grabbed her breasts, and proceeded to kiss her neck. She says he also pressed his p***s into her back and whispered, “This is making love.”
Jewel Gittens, the fourth woman, claims that Cosby drugged and assaulted her while they were talking about her career in his house.
Jennifer Thompson, the fifth woman, claims that Cosby forced her into masturbating him.
TMZ exclusively spoke with Bill Cosby’s PR representative Andrew Wyatt who says the allegations in the latest lawsuit aren’t new. Wyatt also alleges that the women only filed the suit because they were dissatisfied with Bill Cosby being vindicated in his Pennsylvania criminal case. The PR representative believes that the accusers are “all about money.”
According to the outlet, Bill Cosby denies the new allegations against him and believes he will be cleared of any wrongdoing.
The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday evening, as reported by New York Post. NBC Universal Media, Kaufman Astoria Studios, and the Carsey-Werner Company are also named in the suit. The women allege that the companies failed to intervene and protect them from harm.