Bill Cosby’s troubles got worse Tuesday when a woman sued him in a Los Angeles federal court, alleging the legendary comedian sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.
The civil suit by Chloe Goins comes as L.A. County prosecutors are already reviewing a criminal investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department into the 25-year-old model’s allegations.
LAPD detectives presented the findings of their investigation last week to the district attorney’s office, which is reviewing the work.
Goins, speaking outside LAPD headquarters, said of the dozens of women who have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them, she is one of the few who can bring Cosby to justice.
In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, Goins’ lawyers named 40 other women across the nation who have alleged they were sexually assaulted, molested or subject to misconduct by Cosby over the decades. Most went public in the last year.
Goins alleges that during a party at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills in 2008, Cosby gave her a drink that caused her to black out. When she awoke, she found herself naked on a bed with Cosby biting her toes and his pants around his ankles and masturbating, according to her attorney, Spencer Kuvin.
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Robert Culp, left, and Bill Cosby, as a team of American agents, starred in the 1965 comedy “I Spy.” Cosby became the first African American to costar in a dramatic television series.(NBC)
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“With this lawsuit, we are demanding Bill Cosby face the same justice as any other sexual predator,” Kuvin said.
The attorney said his client was a teenager at the time of the alleged incident, which he would only say was in 2008. Goins was born in May 1990.
In January, Goins was interviewed for 2½ hours by an LAPD detective, according to her lawyer. Cosby’s attorneys have denied the accusations and insisted he was not at the party.
Goins’ statement that she was given a drink and blacked out is similar to many of the statements of other alleged Cosby victims. The comedian said in a deposition a decade ago that he obtained Quaaludes for the purpose of giving to women before sex.
The lawsuit comes as attorney Gloria Allred is slated to depose Cosby in a lawsuit by Judy Huth, who alleges he sexually assaulted her in 1974.
Earlier this year, the district attorney rejected charging the comedian based on Huth’s allegation because the alleged incident was too long ago.
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