New Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against Cosby
A woman who claims that disgraced comedian Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1986 filed a lawsuit against the actor, NBCUniversal and several other companies in New York Dec. 30, according to Spectrum News 1.
Stacey Pinkerton was a 21-year-old flight attendant and model in 1986 when she claims that Cosby drugged her at a restaurant in Illinois and took her back to a hotel room where he sexually assaulted her while she was incapacitated.
According to the report, Pinkerton says that she met Cosby in New York and he promised to help her in her acting career. She reportedly acted on the comedian’s hit show, “The Cosby Show,” but her performance did not appear in the final broadcast.
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She alleges that Cosby invited her to a comedy show in Chicago months later, where he kissed and touched her without her permission.
“Cosby engaged in the same or similar pattern of conduct with his victims,” Pinkerton’s lawsuit says, “...including expressing interest in advancing their careers, giving them roles on The Cosby Show, using The Cosby Show and its filming locations as a means to access, isolate, sexually harass, and sexually assault women, using drugs to incapacitate his victims, and forcibly engaging in sexual acts with them without their consent.”
Pinkerton’s lawsuit follows another by a woman who was awarded $500,000 after suing the comedian for an alleged sexual assault in 1975.
Five other women have also filed lawsuits against Cosby during a one-year window which allows victims of sexual abuse to file complaints for allegations that are beyond the statute of limitations.
Seven other accusers were awarded a settlement by Cosby’s insurers after alleging that Cosby and his representatives defamed them after they reported allegations against him.
Cosby has denied all allegations against him. His longtime spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, said last week that Cosby “continues to vehemently deny all allegations waged against him and looks forward to defending himself in court.”
“As we have always stated, and now America can see, this isn’t about justice for victims of alleged sexual assault, it’s ALL ABOUT MONEY,” Wyatt wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “We believe that the courts, as well as the court of public opinion, will follow the rules of law and relieve Mr. Cosby of these alleged accusations.”