ACTOR Invoice Cosby was discovered responsible of drugging and molesting a lady nearly twenty years in the past.
The 84-year-old is now a free man having spent simply two of the sentenced 10 years behind bars – however one of many accusers who did not see their circumstances attain a legal courtroom was Lili Bernard has unleashed one other regulation swimsuit in opposition to him. We reveal all…
Who’s Lili Bernard?
Cuban born Lili Bernard is a visible artist, actor and author who has accused Invoice Cosby of drugging and raping her within the Nineteen Nineties.
Ms Bernard visitor starred in The Cosby Present as Mrs Minifield in 1984.
She has additionally appeared in Seinfeld and Golden Years.
The mum-of-six lives in Los Angeles and has additionally campaigned for higher alternatives for black artists.
Her personal work explores sexism and racism previous and current.
What did she accuse Invoice Cosby of?
At a press convention in 2015 Lili Bernard alleged that Cosby gave her a drugged drink and raped her.
She claims the actor had provided to mentor her after she appeared on The Cosby Present and the pair fashioned a friendship.
Talking alongside co-accuser Sammie Mays, Ms Bernard stated, “He praised me. … He lifted me up. I believed him. In any case, he was Invoice Cosby. After he had gained my full belief and adoration, he drugged me and raped me.”
Ms Bernard additionally made a criticism to cops however prosecutors didn’t proceed as a result of the alleged offence was earlier than 1996, when the statute of limitation for sexual assault was lifted in New Jersey.
Describing why she spoke out Ms Bernard stated: “I’m coming ahead to indicate my 6-year-old daughter to face in reality, and to say that I’ve survived Invoice Cosby’s drugging and raping me.
“I stand right here to take again my energy and to confront the concern that has paralysed me for therefore a few years.”
In October 2021, Lili filed a lawsuit in opposition to the disgraced comic, stating that she nonetheless lives in concern.
She stated: “I’ve waited a very long time to have the ability to pursue my case in court docket and I look ahead to being heard and to carry Cosby accountable for what he did to me.
“Though it occurred way back, I nonetheless dwell with the concern, ache and disgrace day-after-day of my life.”
What occurred in Invoice Cosby’s trial?
Nearly 60 ladies have claimed Cosby sexually assaulted them since 2000.
However as lots of the alleged offences are historic, and past the statute of limitations for sexual assault, just one case is at present as a consequence of be tried.
Cosby is accused of incapacitating Temple College worker Andrea Constand with blue capsules after which molesting her whereas she drifted out and in of consciousness at his Philadelphia mansion in 2004.
The comic claims the encounter was consensual and has at all times denied any wrongdoing.
The trial bought underway in 2017 and the jury have been in a impasse and unable to agree on a verdict, so the choose declared a mistrial.
Following a 2018 re-trial, on April 26, Invoice Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constrand.
A jury exterior Philadelphia convicted the Cosby Present star of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
His lawyer known as Constand a “con artist” who levelled false accusations in opposition to Cosby so she may sue him.
Cosby was sentenced to 10 years in jail, however solely served two years after his conviction was overturned.
What did Lili Bernard say in regards to the verdict?
After the decision, Lili thanked the MeToo motion for serving to get Cosby evicted.
She advised journalists: “I really feel like I am dreaming.
“Are you able to pinch me? I really feel like my religion in humanity is restored.”
She later added: “The arc of the ethical universe is lengthy, however immediately it has bent in direction of justice.
“Final 12 months after I was sitting within the courtroom of the primary trial and the decision was hung, I left with such an amazing sense of of disappointment.
“And it turned evident to me that the justice system is gentle years behind trendy tradition. However immediately this jury has proven that what the MeToo motion has (been) saying is that girls are worthy of being believed. And I thank the jury. I thank the prosecution.”