New Claim Against Bill Cosby Could Be Legally Significant in a Way Other Claims Weren't
Only a day after Bill Cosby's wife Camille broke her silence and defended her husband, new allegations have surfaced. On Tuesday, MailOnline reported that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted an 18-year-old at the Playboy Mansion six years ago. Chloe Goins, now 24, shared her story with MailOnline and plans to make a full statement to the Los Angeles police. Goins joins more than 20 women who have made abuse allegations against the Cosby Show actor. As the list grows, the reports continue to get more disturbing.
Although TMZ reports that Goins has yet to speak to the LAPD, if she does file a report, it would be significant, since the alleged abuse happened in 2008. This means it still falls under California's statute of limitations for sexual assault, unlike a majority of the previous claims, which happened 30-40 years ago.
According to Goins, she was abused by Cosby after one of Hugh Hefner's summer parties in 2008. She and a friend were living in Las Vegas, but went to LA for the party. When they arrived, Goins and her friend were introduced to Hugh Hefner. She recalls,
We were talking to Hef for a while and that's when Bill Cosby walked up. I kind of recognized him from TV, I know he was on a TV show where he played a family guy, but he was a little bit before my time. Hef introduced him as his good friend, they seemed really close. He seemed like a really nice guy, really funny.
While they were talking, Cosby reportedly slipped away and returned with drinks for the girls. Since Goins was underage, she wasn't supposed to drink at the party, but took it anyway. She explains, "I remember the drink being kind of strong but it didn't taste funny or anything like that." Soon after, she felt dizzy and things went foggy.
According to the story, Hefner noticed Goins wasn't feeling well and said she could lie down in a spare bedroom. Cosby offered to show her the way and put his arm around her. That was the last thing she remembers. When she woke up, Goins alleges this is what happened next:
I was butt naked lying on my back on a bed and didn't have any idea where I was ... I came to and remember seeing this big man crouched over me. It was Bill Cosby and he was at my feet, kind of licking and kissing them and I think he bit my toe as that's what woke me up ... He jumped up, pulled his pants back up quickly and left. He had seen that I was alert and bolted out of there, I was left in the room by myself ... I remember waking up and feeling moist all over, like he had been licking all over me. He wasn't on my breasts when I woke, but I could feel, you know, the saliva on them and that he'd been licking on me.
Speaking of the incident, Goins says, "I felt embarrassed, it was a gross, icky feeling, I felt very violated and humiliated." While she says she can't be 100 percent sure what happened, since she was in a daze, she is positive that Cosby was the man who molested her and that someone spiked her drink.
Explaining why she was scared to come forward previously, Goins says:
We were young, we wanted to be Playboy models. I was scared about saying anything about what happened, especially as it was at the Playboy mansion because it's known for naughty stuff. I didn't want to get in trouble and maybe ruin my modeling career and nor did my friend as she was getting the invites to the parties. Bill Cosby was on TV and had a family man image, I thought to hurt that, he would come after me, try to ruin me.
After that, she never returned to the Playboy mansion. She also says that the event traumatized her and affects her ability to trust other men. As for why she's speaking out now, Goins told MailOnline:
This isn't something I really wanted out there about myself, but I saw all the women who had come forward, over 20 women and it grossed me out. I feel he needs to pay for it, he deserves to pay for it. Unlike many of those women, I don't think he raped me so I am one of the lucky ones, but at the same time it was a f—ed up situation.
The last part of that sentence couldn't be more true — it sounds like a very messed up situation. While of course, these are all allegations and nothing is confirmed, the spiked drink sounds consistent with previous reports against Cosby.
As for the actor himself, Cosby spoke out last week against the media's coverage. He told the New York Post,
Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that, you have to go in with a neutral mind.
Before Goins' story surfaced, Hefner commented on Cosby's previous allegations that took place at the Playboy Mansion:
Bill Cosby has been a good friend for many years and the mere thought of these allegations is truly saddening. I would never tolerate this kind of behavior, regardless of who was involved.
In previous statements, Cosby's lawyer Marty Singer dismissed all claims, saying:
Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives.
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