ACTOR Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually abusing a woman nearly two decades ago.
The 84-year-old is now a free man having spent only two of his 10 years sentenced behind bars, but one of the accusers who did not see his cases make it to the criminal courtroom was Lili Bernard, who has unleashed another lawsuit against him. We reveal everything …
Who is Lili Bernard?
Cuban-born Lili Bernard is a visual artist, actress, and writer who accused Bill Cosby of drugging and raping her in the 1990s.
Ms. Bernard guest-starred on The Cosby Show as Ms. Minifield in 1984.
He has also appeared in Seinfeld and Golden Years.
The mother of six lives in Los Angeles and has also campaigned for greater opportunities for black artists.
Her own work explores sexism and racism in the past and present.
What did you accuse Bill Cosby of?
At a press conference in 2015, Lili Bernard alleged that Cosby gave her a drugged drink and raped her.
She claims the actor had volunteered to be her mentor after he appeared on The Cosby Show and the couple formed a friendship.
Speaking alongside co-defendant Sammie Mays, Ms. Bernard said: “He praised me … He lifted me up. I believed him. After all, he was Bill Cosby. After he gained my complete trust and adoration, he drugged me and me violated “.
Ms. Bernard also filed a complaint with the police, but prosecutors did not proceed because the alleged crime was before 1996, when the statute of limitations for sexual assault was lifted in New Jersey.
Describing why she spoke, Ms. Bernard said, “I come forward to show my 6-year-old daughter that I am sincere and to tell her that I have survived the drugs and the rape of Bill Cosby.
“I am here to regain my power and face the fear that has paralyzed me for so many years.”
In October 2021, Lili filed a lawsuit against the disgraced comedian, claiming that she still lives in fear.
She said: “I have waited a long time to be able to continue my case in court and I hope to be heard and hold Cosby accountable for what he did to me.
“Even though it happened a long time ago, I still live with fear, pain and shame every day of my life.”
What happened at the Bill Cosby trial?
Nearly 60 women have claimed that Cosby sexually assaulted them since 2000.
But since many of the alleged crimes are historical, and beyond the sexual assault statute of limitations, only one case currently needs to be tried.
Cosby is accused of incapacitating Temple University employee Andrea Constand with blue pills and then abusing her while she lost consciousness at her Philadelphia mansion in 2004.
The comedian affirms that the meeting was consensual and has always denied any wrongdoing.
The trial began in 2017 and the jury was at a standstill and could not reach an agreement on a verdict, so the judge declared the trial null.
Following a new trial in 2018, on April 26, Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constrand.
A jury outside of Philadelphia convicted the Cosby Show star of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
His attorney called Constand a “con man” who launched false accusations against Cosby so that she could sue him.
Cosby was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but only served two years after his sentence was overturned.
What did Lili Bernard say about the verdict?
After the verdict, Lili thanked the MeToo movement for helping to evict Cosby.
She told reporters: “I feel like I’m dreaming.
“Can you pinch me? I feel like my faith in humanity has been restored.”
Later he added: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but today it has leaned towards justice.
“Last year, when I was sitting in the courtroom of the first trial and the verdict was hung, I left with a tremendous sense of disappointment.
“And it was clear to me that the justice system is light years away from modern culture. But today this jury has shown that what the MeToo movement has been saying is that women are worth believing. And I thank the jury. Thank you. to the prosecution. “