Actor and comedian Bill Cosby, once one of the most revered entertainers in the world, was found guilty Thursday by a jury near Philadelphia of thee counts of aggravated indecent assault against former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in January 2004.
The jury found the comedian guilty of all three counts — penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious and penetration after administering an intoxicant — each punishable by up to 10 years in state prison, though the sentences could be served concurrently.
But that’s not the end of the road for 80-year-old Cosby’s legal battles. In addition to sentencing, the comedian also faces a number of civil cases.
Cosby faces a defamation lawsuit by model Janice Dickinson, who says the comedian drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe, California, in 1982.
Dickinson, represented by Lisa Bloom, alleges she met with Cosby for dinner to talk about a possible job and get some advice on starting her singing career. According to Dickinson, Cosby offered her a glass of red wine, which she turned down. But Dickinson says that when she complained about menstrual cramps, Cosby offered her a pill, which she accepted. She said at one point she blacked out.
“The last thing I remember was blacking out and Cosby mounting me like the monster he was,” Dickinson told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield in December 2014.
She said she woke up the next morning knowing she had been raped because her vagina physically hurt.
Dickinson, who testified at Cosby’s retrial, is suing for defamation, saying that, after she came forward with her claims in 2014, Cosby’s team went “on the attack” against her with media statements branding her a liar.
Cosby’s attorneys have appealed the case.
On Thursday, soon after the guilty verdict on Cosby’s criminal case came down, Bloom tweeted: “What’s next? My defamation case on behalf of Janice Dickinson against Bill Cosby, which we’ve been fighting and WINNING for 3+ years, goes on. Mr. Cosby, I’m looking forward to taking your deposition.”
My defamation case on behalf of Janice Dickinson against Bill Cosby, which we've been fighting and WINNING for 3+ years, goes on.
Mr. Cosby, I'm looking forward to taking your deposition.
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) April 26, 2018
Cosby is also facing a lawsuit by former model Chloe Goins.
Goins alleges that the comedian slipped something into her drink when she attended a party at the Playboy Mansion in 2008 and then abused her in a bedroom.
Goins says she blacked out that night, waking up naked in a bedroom as Cosby was licking her toes. She said that Cosby then pulled up his pants and left the room.
Cosby denied the allegation, insisting he was in New York the night in question.
Goins sued Cosby in 2015 but later dismissed her lawsuit in early 2016 without explanation.
However, the former model filed suit again in May 2016, adding Playboy founder Hugh Hefner as a defendant as well as Cosby. According to court documentation seen by TheWrap, the case is currently pending.
Judy Huth says she was 15 when she met Cosby in 1974 at a Los Angeles park. According to a December 2014 court filing, Huth and her 16-year-old friend told Cosby how old they were, but that didn’t stop Cosby from inviting them to his tennis club and later to the Playboy Mansion, where Huth said he molested her in a bedroom suite.
Though the statute of limitations in Huth’s case expired, she was able to file in 2014 because she was a minor at the time of the alleged assault.
Cosby argued in a countersuit that Huth tried to sell her story to the tabloids a decade ago, which means she was aware of the psychological damages at the time and therefore the statute of limitations is over.
Huth’s attorney, Gloria Allred, told TheWrap on Thursday: “Judy Huth’s case is pending in LA County Superior Court Santa Monica. We return to court next month on May 23, to provide the court an update on the outcome of the criminal case. Judy alleges in her lawsuit that she was 15 years old when she was the victim of sexual abuse by Bill Cosby at the Playboy Mansion.”
Defamation Lawsuit by Seven Women
Cosby is also facing a lawsuit in Massachusetts from seven other women, who are suing the comedian for defamation (Cosby has a home in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts). The women say Cosby sexually abused them decades ago and then defamed them when his agents, in their denial of the accusations, branded them liars.
The plaintiffs are Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie.
Cosby is seeking to have their suit dismissed.
A lawyer for Tamara Green told TheWrap on Thursday: “The case has been stayed (put on hold) pending the resolution of the criminal case.”
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.