Bill Cosby is facing another sexual assault lawsuit. Former Playboy model Victoria Valentino who alleges the comedian drugged and raped her in 1969. Valentino, 80, filed the case in Los Angeles County Superior Court under a new law that temporarily lifted the statute of limitations for civil cases related to sexual assault. The law, which expires at the end of 2023, allows people alleging they were assaulted as adults to file civil lawsuits no matter when then the attack happened, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. “The trauma he inflicted upon me affects not only me, but my children and grandchildren,” Valentino said. “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.”
In 2018, Cosby, 85, was convicted in Pennsylvania of sexually assaulting former Temple University basketball coach Andrea Constand in 2004. He was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison but was released after nearly three years when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 2021. Valentino is suing Cosby for sexual assault and sexual battery. The suit is seeking unspecified damages, attorneys’ fees and court costs. The suit also targets up to 20 unnamed defendants, including agents and other employees who she alleges enabled Cosby. Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s spokesperson, discounted Valentino’s allegations, saying that she “has skirted from town to town promoting her alleged allegations against Mr. Cosby to anyone that would give her platform, without any proof of facts.” He also took issue with California’s so-called lookback window laws, saying that such laws were “brought to life because our political figures are being driven by click-baiters, likes and followers, in order to excel to their political aspirations.” Cosby allegedly offered Valentino and a friend pills during a meal, then assaulted Valentino at an office.