Artist sues newly-freed Bill Cosby over 1990 hotel encounter
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A prominent Bill Cosby accuser filed suit Thursday against the actor over a 1990 hotel room encounter in Atlantic City, New Jersey, before the state's two-year window to file older sexual assault claims expires.
He had served more than two years of a potential 10-year sentence.
New Jersey's two-year window to file sexual assault lawsuits that would otherwise be considered too old to pursue closes next month.
“The Pennsylvania Supreme Court let a predator back on the streets.” The Pennsylvania trial judge had classified Cosby as a sexually violent predator subject to lifetime supervision, but that finding became moot when the conviction was overturned, leaving Cosby free of any reporting requirements.
Cosby's spokesperson said that so-called “look-back” windows like the one passed in New Jersey violate a person's due process rights.
“This is just another attempt to abuse the legal process, by opening up the flood gates for people who never presented an ounce of evidence,'' spokesperson Andrew Wyatt said, noting that Cosby maintains his innocence and would fight allegations to “the highest court in these United States of America.” Prosecutors in suburban Philadelphia must decide soon whether to appeal the reversal of his conviction in their case to the US Supreme Court.
A jury had convicted Cosby of sexually assaulting Temple University sports administrator Andrea Constand at his home in January 2004 after incapacitating her with three blue pills. Cosby was arrested in 2015, days before the 12-year statute of limitations expired.
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