Bill Cosby implicated in a new sexual assault lawsuit

Bill Cosby is facing a new lawsuit from former Playboy model Victoria Valentino, who says he drugged her and sexually assaulted her.

The 80-year-old says Mr Cosby raped her in 1969 after she had dinner with him.

Mr Cosby was freed from prison in 2021 when his sexual assault conviction was overturned.

Ms Valentino filed the civil suit under a California law that has temporarily lifted the statute of limitations in sexual assault cases.

In the lawsuit, she alleges that after ingesting pills Mr Cosby offered to her and her friend, Mr Cosby took them to a nearby office. There, she says she became unconscious and was assaulted after waking up.

She told Mr Cosby “I want to go home now”, according to the filing, which adds she was “incapable of consent” and physically helpless”.

Ms Valentino is seeking unspecified damages, court and attorney fees.

The BBC has reached out to Mr Cosby for comment.

In a statement, Ms Valentino said the trauma the 85-year-old inflicted on her has affected “not only me, but my children and grandchildren”.

“By breaking my silence and speaking my truth, I hope this serves as my legacy to my family, and shows those survivors who have yet to find their voices, that hope and healing are possible,” she said in the statement shared with US media.

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