Bill Cosby accuser files sexual assault lawsuit

Tue Oct 6, 2015 7:41pm EDT
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By Daina Beth Solomon

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A woman filed a lawsuit against Bill Cosby on Tuesday alleging sexual assault, saying the veteran comedian drugged and molested her at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 2008, when she was a minor.

The civil lawsuit filed at U.S. District Court in California's Central District, charges Cosby with "childhood sexual abuse," demanding a jury trial and damages exceeding $75,000.

Chloe Goins joins more than 50 women who have come forward publicly over the past year with allegations against the now 78-year-old Cosby including drugging, sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape.

In most cases, the incidents date back decades, putting them outside the statute of limitations for legal action, but Goins' allegations, coming within eight years of her turning 18, fall within California's legal code.

"Today I recognize that I've taken legal action that many of the other victims of Bill Cosby will never be able to take," Goins told reporters outside the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters.

"This has gone on long enough, it's time Bill Cosby was held accountable for his crimes," she added.

Andrew Wyatt, a spokesman for Cosby, declined to comment.

Spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said on Tuesday that prosecutors are still reviewing evidence for possible criminal charges against Cosby in the same case.    Continued...

Comedian Bill Cosby performs at The Temple Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado January 17, 2015. REUTERS/Barry Gutierrez