Five plaintiffs sue Bill Cosby and NBCUniversal

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Five plaintiffs sue Bill Cosby and NBCUniversal

Bill Cosby on the set of the show “Meet the Press”, in 2009, filmed in the studios of NBC (now NBCUniversal).

Five women who have long accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them early in their careers have filed new lawsuits against the 85-year-old comedian. It also implicates NBCUniversal, a studio and a production company, as accomplices in the attacks.

This new trial comes more than a year after the release from prison of Bill Cosby, after the reversal of the guilty verdict for sexual assault in Pennsylvania in 2018.

Earlier this year, a Los Angeles jury awarded $500,000 to a woman who said Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her in the Playboy Mansion when she was a teenager in 1975.

< p class="e-p">The lawsuit filed Monday under New York State's one-year deadline – for adults to file sexual assault complaints – involves plaintiffs Lili Bernard, Eden Tirl, Jewel Gittens, Jennifer Thompson and Cindra Ladd.

Lili Bernard outside the Norristown, Pennsylvania courthouse during Bill Cosby's trial in September 2018.

The lawsuit alleges that each of these women was abused or assaulted by the popular actor after meeting on set or in other artistic circumstances, from the late 1960s through the 1990s.

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It was well known that Bill Cosby regularly took young women to his dressing room, and when you read the complaint you will see that in some cases studio staff saw this happen and even encouraged the complainant to submit, said attorney Jordan Rutsky, who represents the five women.

“It wasn't a secret, it& #x27;was simply accepted.

—Jordan Rutsky

The lawsuit alleges that NBCUniversal, which aired The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1992, as well as Kaufman Astoria Studios and Carsey-Werner Television facilitated the sexual assault of women by not verifying Bill Cosby's power and inclinations, and by not preventing women from being alone with him, because these corporations profited from his work.

In at least some of the cases, according to the suit, Bill Cosby first drugged his victim with drinks or pills.

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