One of Bill Cosby’s prosecutors has filed a $125 million civil suit against him for drugging and raping her in Atlantic City in 1990.
Lili Bernard, 57, one of 60 women who have charged Cosby, 84, with sexual assault, filed charges in New Jersey’s civil court after a Pennsylvania court dismissed Cosby’s conviction for assault in June on a technicality. .
For years, Bernard claimed that Cosby forced her to move to New York so he could escort her and land a part for her on The Cosby Show, where he got close to her before allegedly raping her in Atlantic City.
“I have waited a long time to bring my case to court and I look forward to being heard and holding Cosby accountable for what he did to me. Although it happened a long time ago, I still live every day of my life with fear, pain and shame,” Bernard said in a press release announcing the lawsuit.
Lili Bernard, left, has filed a $125 million civil suit against Bill Cosby for allegedly drugging and raping the actress in Atlantic City in August 1990
Bernard starred with Cosby on the final season of The Cosby Show
The lawsuit alleges that Cosby arranged for Bernard, who was then 26, to travel to Atlantic City in August 1990 to meet a producer who could help advance her career, NBC 10 reports.
At the time, Bernard played Mrs. Minifield on the final season of The Cosby Show and wanted to break through.
Once in Atlantic City, Cosby reportedly greeted Bernard at a hotel with a drink, leaving her feeling dizzy and nauseous before passing out.
According to the suit, Bernard woke up and passed out several times. He found that Cosby undressed her and then raped her.
Bernard said she woke up naked the next morning, after which Cosby dressed her and took her out of the hotel and back to New York.
Bernard played Mrs. Minifield. She claimed that Cosby took her on as a mentor
Group: Bernard can be seen (second from left) in a group photo with Bill Cosby (second from right). They last saw each other in 1992
Cosby was originally convicted of sexual assault in 2018 for the rape of a Pennsylvania woman. State Supreme Court overturned ruling on June 30, 2021
She recalled that she had last seen Cosby in 1992, when he allegedly told her, “You’re dead, Bernard. You don’t exist.
She said she interpreted his words as a death threat, The Wrap reported.
After the alleged attack, Bernard said she became suicidal, sought help and was hospitalized, according to The Wrap.
She said she still suffers from panic attacks and nightmares as a result of the alleged attack.
In a statement, Cosby’s spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, said Cosby was innocent and that Bernard has always had no evidence for her claims.
“This is just another attempt to abuse the legal process by opening the floodgates to people who have never presented a shred of evidence, evidence, truth and/or facts to back up their alleged allegations,” Wyatt said.
‘Mr. Cosby remains steadfast in his innocence and will vigorously challenge all alleged charges leveled against him and is willing and able to take this fight to the highest court in this United States of America.”
Wyatt added that New Jersey prosecutors closed Bernard’s rape allegations in 2015 without indicting Cosby, because he had exceeded the statute of limitations for rape at the time.
Bernard’s latest indictment was filed during the state’s two-year window for victims to file older sexual assault claims.
Wyatt called New Jersey’s “look back” window a violation of one’s right to a fair trial.
Bernard, left, remains an outspoken critic of Cosby. She attended his trial in 2018 when he was originally sentenced to three to 10 years in prison
Bernard, right, dressed as Lady Justice during a protest against the overturning of Bill Cosby’s 2018 assault conviction
Cosby was released from prison after court overturned his June conviction
Bernard has remained an outspoken critic of Cosby after she testified against him in court in 2017 amid a slew of sexual assault allegations against the TV star during the early years of the #MeToo era.
She, along with co-prosecutors Stacey Pinkerton and Victoria Valentino, protested Cosby when his 2018 assault conviction was overturned on June 30.
Cosby had served about two out of three to 10 years in prison after he was found guilty in 2004 of drugging and sexually abusing sports administrator Andrea Constand of Temple University in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
The state Supreme Court said the case should not have gone to trial because Cosby believed he had a binding promise from a previous prosecutor that he would never be charged.
Four Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices ruled in favor of Cosby, and three others disagreed, ABC 6 reports.
Cosby settled a civil lawsuit with Constand for $3.4 million.
“When Bill Cosby was released, I was traumatized again, it scared me. I was really shocked by any woman or girl who would come in contact with him,” Bernard told the Associated Press. “The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a predator back into the street.”