Bill Cosby Faces New Rape Lawsuit as Singer Morganne Picard Joins Growing Accusations
Bill Cosby, the once-beloved comedian and actor, is once again in the spotlight, facing another sexual assault lawsuit. This time, renowned singer Morganne Picard has come forward, alleging that Cosby drugged and raped her on multiple occasions between 1987 and 1990.
The lawsuit, filed under California law, allows victims to seek damages for incidents that occurred years ago. In addition to accusing Cosby, Picard has also named NBCUniversal Media, Kaufman Astoria Studios, Astoria Studios Limited Partnership II, and The Carsey-Werner Company in the lawsuit, claiming they condoned and encouraged Cosby’s abusive behavior.
Cosby’s history of alleged sex crimes has drawn significant attention, with nearly 60 women accusing him of sexual assault throughout his entertainment career. In 2018, he was convicted and sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a basketball coach, in 2004. However, his conviction was overturned after three years, leading to his release from prison in 2021.
According to Picard’s allegations, she lost consciousness after consuming a drink provided by Cosby on multiple occasions, leading to him performing sexual acts on her without her consent or capacity to consent.
In her claims against the production houses, Picard asserts that they were aware of Cosby’s abusive behavior and did nothing to stop it. The lawsuit accuses them of negligence and negligent hiring, retention, and supervision of Cosby.
The singer is seeking compensatory and punitive damages from Cosby and the production companies, hoping to hold them accountable for the alleged harm caused. As the accusations continue to mount against Bill Cosby, the legal battle unfolds, drawing widespread attention to issues of sexual assault and abuse in the entertainment industry.