Bill Cosby faces new lawsuit from ex-playboy model

Bill Cosby faces new lawsuit from ex-playboy model

Renowned Hollywood actor, Bill Cosby is facing yet another lawsuit from former Playboy model Victoria Valentino, who has accused him of drugging and sëxually assaulting her in 1969.

The 80-year-old filed the civil suit under a California law charging Mr Cosby of rape after a dinner with him on the said date.

Mr Cosby was earlier freed from prison in 2021 when his sëxual assault conviction was overturned.

It should be noted that the California law has temporarily lifted the statute of limitations in sèxual assault cases.

In the lawsuit, Ms Valentino alleged that after ingesting pills, Mr Cosby offered to her and her friend, Mr Cosby took them to a nearby office. There, she said she became unconscious and was assaulted after waking up.

She told Mr Cosby “I want to go home now”, according to the filing, she was “incapable of consent” and “physically helpless”.

Ms Valentino is now seeking unspecified damages, court and attorney fees.

In a statement, Ms Valentino noted that the trauma the 85-year-old inflicted on her has affected not only her, but her children and grandchildren.

“By breaking my silence and speaking my truth, I hope this serves as my legacy to my family, and shows those survivors who have yet to find their voices, that hope and healing are possible,” she said in the statement shared with US media.

A representative for Mr Cosby, Andrew Wyatt, told US media outlets Ms Valentino’s claims were “without any proof or facts” and said she had “inconsistencies in her many statements.”

Once known to millions as “America’s Dad,” Mr Cosby starred in the 1980s hit sitcom “The Cosby Show.”

But his reputation was shattered after dozens of women came forward with stories of rape, sëxual harassment and sexual misconduct from as early as the 1960s.

Mr Cosby has consistently denied the allegations, claiming all of his sëxual encounters were consensual.

In 2018, in Pennsylvania, he was convicted of aggravated indecent assault against a woman, Andrea Constand.

But the conviction was overturned after the state’s highest court found that Mr Cosby should not have been put on trial because he had reached an agreement with a previous prosecutor in 2005 that he would not be charged.

Last year, in a civil case, a jury in California found Mr Cosby had sëxually assaulted a 16 year old in 1975 at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. He was ordered to pay $500,000 (£399,000) in damages.


Joyceline Natally Cudjoe

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