A girl who claims to have been sexually assaulted by Invoice Cosby greater than 50 years in the past has filed a brand new lawsuit in opposition to the comic and actor below a regulation that permits the victims of historic abuse instances to have their day in court docket.
Joan Tarshis initially got here ahead with claims in opposition to Mr Cosby in 2014, saying he had sexually assaulted her when she was a younger comedy author.
The claims are repeated within the new lawsuit filed on Friday on the Supreme Courtroom in New York Metropolis. Ms Tarshis claims Mr Cosby drugged her and compelled her to carry out oral intercourse on him in 1969 or 1970, after which drugged and raped her throughout one other encounter a yr or two later.
The lawsuit accuses Mr Cosby of battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional misery, and false imprisonment, in keeping with CNN, and Ms Tarshis is searching for unspecified damages.
The go well with has been filed below the New York Grownup Survivors Act (ASA) which was signed in Could of this yr. The regulation applies to survivors of sexual offences that occurred after they had been over the age of 18 and offers a window of a yr for claims to be introduced whatever the statute of limitations.
Advocates say the window provides traumatised adults an opportunity to hunt accountability from huge establishments and highly effective males who can use their wealth and place to protect themselves. The ASA is because of expire subsequent week.
Ms Tarshis, now a New York resident, was residing in California on the time of the primary assault and had met Mr Cosby via a mutual pal whereas he was starring in The Invoice Cosby Present, in keeping with the lawsuit.
Within the lawsuit, seen by the Related Press, Ms Tarshis mentioned the actor invited her to satisfy with him on the studio lot the place he was filming his present, below the pretence of engaged on a skit she was writing.
As soon as in his bungalow, Ms Tarshis mentioned she fell unconscious after accepting a drink from Mr Cosby and awoke to seek out him undressing her earlier than forcing her to carry out oral intercourse. “Ms Tarshis was mortified and feared for her life,” and returned to New York with out telling anybody what occurred, in keeping with the lawsuit.
Ms Tarshis had beforehand mentioned the incident publicly with CNN newsman Don Lemon in 2014.
The interview garnered a lot consideration and elicited an apology from Lemon after he appeared to counsel that Ms Tarshis may have bitten Mr Cosby’s genitals to keep away from giving him oral intercourse. Ms Tarshis advised him that it “didn’t even enter my thoughts”.
In line with her new lawsuit she subsequent heard from Mr Cosby in 1971, when he known as her dwelling, spoke along with her mom, and invited her to his present at Westbury Music Truthful.
“Although Ms. Tarshis was fearful on the prospect of seeing Cosby once more, she had not but advised anybody, together with her mom, of the prior sexual assault and she or he reluctantly agreed to satisfy with Cosby on the insistence of her mom,” the lawsuit mentioned.
She mentioned she misplaced consciousness in a limousine Mr Cosby had organized for them and awoke the following morning in a mattress subsequent to Mr Cosby, who she mentioned had undressed and raped her.
A spokesperson for Mr Cosby didn’t tackle the specifics of Ms Tarshis’s claims, in keeping with The Related Press.
“Diddy, LA Reid, Steven Tyler, and now they circle again to this,” spokesperson Andrew Wyatt mentioned, referring to others not too long ago sued below the ASA. “When is it going to cease?”
Mr Cosby, 86, has been accused of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment by greater than 60 ladies. He has denied all allegations involving intercourse crimes.
He was the primary movie star tried and convicted within the #MeToo period and spent practically three years at a state jail close to Philadelphia earlier than the next court docket overturned the conviction and launched him in 2021.
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