Chloe Goins, a woman who has accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her, has filed a lawsuit against the comedian for damages stemming from the alleged attack.
“Today marks a critical step in empowering women to address the rape culture that has become so prevalent in the entertainment industry and in the American conversation,” said Goins’ attorney, Spencer Kuvin, in a written statement. “With this lawsuit, we are effectively leveling the playing field between the rich and powerful and the voiceless victims they exploit.”
“I have chosen to relive the ordeal of this deeply traumatic attack to expose the truth and bring justice for all the victims of sexual assault across the nation,” said Goins in a statement. “I am empowered by the more than 50 other women who have publicly described similar sexual attacks they endured, but are unable to bring Bill Cosby to justice. With the filing of this lawsuit, it is my hope that he will in fact face justice.”
In the lawsuit, Goins says she met Cosby when she was a teenager in 2008 at a party at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. Goins alleges that Cosby brought her a drink that made her feel ill. She alleges that the comedian escorted her to a bedroom where she “blacked out.” Goins says she later woke up naked as Cosby was “biting one of her toes as he crouched at the end of the bed.” Upon asking what was happening, Cosby left, according to the lawsuit.
Goins seeks $75,000 in damages to be determined in a jury trial.
Cosby, 78, has been accused of sexual assault by more than 50 women, with allegations dating back to the mid-1960s. In August, a judge ordered Cosby to answer questions under oath regarding a lawsuit filed by Judy Huth. In the lawsuit, filed in December, Huth claimed Cosby abused her when she was 15 at the Playboy Mansion. Cosby’s sworn deposition is slated for Friday.
New York magazine had a cover story in July featuring interviews with 35 Cosby accusers. More women will speak out Friday, when Dateline on NBC will air an episode dedicated to 27 of his alleged victims. Cosby has never been charged with a crime.
Cosby’s lawyer did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.