Woman who alleges Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her 50 years in the past information lawsuit
A girl who claims to have been sexually assaulted by Bill 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 Court in New York City. 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 response to CNN, and Ms Tarshis is in search of unspecified damages.
The swimsuit has been filed below the New York Adult Survivors Act (ASA) which was signed in May of this yr. The regulation applies to survivors of sexual offences that occurred once they have been over the age of 18 and provides a window of a yr for claims to be introduced whatever the statute of limitations.
Advocates say the window offers traumatised adults an opportunity to hunt accountability from massive establishments and highly effective males who can use their wealth and place to defend 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 by a mutual pal whereas he was starring in The Bill Cosby Show, in response to the lawsuit.
In the lawsuit, seen by the Associated 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.
Once in his bungalow, Ms Tarshis mentioned she fell unconscious after accepting a drink from Mr Cosby and awoke to search 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 response to 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 recommend that Ms Tarshis may have bitten Mr Cosby’s genitals to keep away from giving him oral intercourse. Ms Tarshis instructed him that it “did not even enter my mind”.
According to 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 Fair.
“Though Ms. Tarshis was fearful at the prospect of seeing Cosby again, she had not yet told anyone, including her mother, of the prior sexual assault and she reluctantly agreed to meet with Cosby at the insistence of her mother,” 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 handle the specifics of Ms Tarshis’s claims, in response to The Associated Press.
“Diddy, LA Reid, Steven Tyler, and now they circle back to this,” spokesperson Andrew Wyatt said, referring to others recently sued under the ASA. “When is it going to stop?”
Mr Cosby, 86, has been accused of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment by greater than 60 girls. He has denied all allegations involving intercourse crimes.
He was the primary superstar tried and convicted within the #MeToo period and spent practically three years at a state jail close to Philadelphia earlier than a better court docket overturned the conviction and launched him in 2021.