According to court filings, Lili Bernard, an American actress, filed a complaint against Bill Cosby on Thursday, alleging that he drugged and raped her in Atlantic City in or around August 1990.
Bernard claims in her lawsuit that she met the comedian on the set of “The Cosby Show” in July 1990 and that he offered to guide her acting career.
The suit claims that Cosby asked her specific questions about her past and promised her that he would treat her as if she were his own daughter, as well as warning her about “Hollywood’s sexual pressures.”
Cosby allegedly assured Bernard that if she “worked hard and followed his directions,” he would cast her in a major speaking part on his program.
During a vocal projection exercise, Cosby “violently and without consent grabbed and squeezed” her breasts, according to the lawsuit.
Bernard claims in the lawsuit that Cosby drugged and raped her at the Trump Taj Mahal casino resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in August 1990, after luring her there with the promise of a meeting with a producer who would help her further her career.
“This is just another attempt to exploit the judicial process, by opening the floodgates for people who never produced an ounce of evidence, proof, truth and/or facts, in order to substantiate their alleged charges,” Cosby’s spokesperson Andrew Wyatt said in a statement Thursday.