AceShowbiz - Bill Cosby faces a new lawsuit months after being released from jail. Lili Bernard, "The Cosby Show" guest star and alleged mentee, sued the comedian of sexual assault, accusing him of raping and drugging her back in 1990.
In her lawsuit that was filed in New Jersey on Thursday, October 14, Bernard claimed that the incident occured when Cosby held a mentoring session for her in his suite at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. She said that after drinking the non-alcoholic beverage that Cosby offered to her, she "began to feel symptoms of dizziness, an urge to vomit, and weakness."
While she was in and out of consciousness, Bernard recalled seeing "Mr. Cosby naked atop her" and that made her tell "no." The next morning, Cosby allegedly gave her money and provided her with transportation to go back to New York.
In the court documents, Bernard shared Cosby took her under his wing and promised to help her acting career following their meeting on the set of "The Cosby Show". According to the lawsuit, Cosby "looked upon Ms. Bernard as if she were his daughter" and also allowed her to call him "daddy." Additionally, he allegedly "warned her of the sexual pressures of Hollywood."
Bernard said in a statement, "I have waited a long time to be able to pursue my case in court and I look forward to being heard and to hold Cosby accountable for what he did to me. Although it occurred long ago, I still live with the fear, pain and shame every day of my life."
In response to the lawsuit, Cosby's representative Andrew Wyatt said, "These look back provisions are unconstitutional and they are a sheer violation of an individual's constitutional rights and denies that individual of their due process."
Wyatt believed that "this is just another attempt to abuse the legal process, by opening up the floodgates for people who never presented an ounce of evidence, proof, truth and/or facts, in order to substantiate their alleged allegations."
Concluding his statement, Wyatt added, "Mr. Cosby continues to maintain steadfast in his innocence and will vigorously fight any alleged allegations waged against him and is willing and able to take this fight to the highest court in these United States of America."