Bill Cosby: Lili Bernard sues comedian for $225 Million, claims he drugged and raped her

Bill Cosby: Lili Bernard sues comedian for $225 Million, claims he drugged and raped her

Americn actress, Lili Bernard filed a lawsuit against Bill Cosby on Thursday; alleging he drugged and raped her in Atlantic City in or around August 1990, according to court documents.

In her lawsuit, Bernard alleges that she met the comedian on the set of “The Cosby Show“; and that in July 1990 he offered to be a mentor for her acting career. It adds that Cosby asked her detailed questions about her life; and told her he would view her as if she were his own daughter; and warned her of “the sexual pressures of Hollywood,” the suit alleges.

Cosby allegedly told Bernard he would feature her in a principal speaking role on his show “if she worked hard and followed his directions.” According to the lawsuit, Cosby “violently, and without permission grabbed and squeezed” her breasts; during an exercise in vocal projection.

Bernard alleges in the suit that around August 1990, Cosby drugged and raped her; at the Trump Taj Mahal casino resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, after enticing her to travel there; by telling her he was arranging a meeting with a producer who would advance her career.

In her lawsuit, Bernard alleged that Cosby prepared a beverage for her to drink; after which she began to feel “symptoms of dizziness, an urge to vomit, and also weakness.” She vomited and lost consciousness, the lawsuit alleged.

The lawsuit described Bernard allegedly going in and out of consciousness; waking up to find Cosby undressing her despite her saying “no,”; and later awoke again to find Cosby naked on top of her and raping her. In the suit, Bernard said she then awoke to find herself naked; and unable to move in an empty bathtub or jacuzzi and then awoke naked in bed the next morning.

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The suit alleges that Cosby threatened the actress that he would file a police report against her if she went to the police; and he would “erase” her and prevent her from working in the entertainment industry if she reported what happened.

Bernard said she has suffered psychological, mental and physical trauma. She is seeking $125 million in damages, according to the lawsuit.

“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,” Bernard said in a news release.

Cosby, who is best known for his role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the classic television series ‘The Cosby Show,’ has been accused of sexual assault by more than three dozen women, the 77-year-old has never been charged for any of the allegations.

Last week, three other women broke their silence, accusing the man of sexually assault.
Cosby’s attorney has previously dismissed similar allegations against the comedian by other women describing them as ‘discredited’ and ‘defamatory.’

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