Bill Cosby is firing back at claims made by one woman who recently came forward to say he drugged and sexually abused her. Cosby’s attorney told TMZ Friday the 77-year-old comedian has proof he was not in the same state at the time his latest accuser claimed he assaulted her.
Chloe Goins, 24, told the Daily Mail Cosby gave her a spiked drink at a party at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 2008. She claimed that after drinking most of what she believed was a vodka mixer, she began to feel a little dizzy and foggy. She said she recalled waking up naked in a bedroom later that night to find Cosby sucking on her toes and pleasuring himself. When she asked him what was going on, she said he quickly put on his pants and left the room.
Despite the similarities between this claim and those made by other women who have come forward, Cosby’s lawyer, Marty Singer, told TMZ the comedian was in New York the night of the party in question, Aug. 9, 2008, and that he can prove it.
“We will be providing documentary evidence to the appropriate authorities which conclusively establishes Mr. Cosby’s whereabouts on August 9th and for the preceding and succeeding days,” Singer wrote in a statement cited by the Associated Press (via the Huffington Post).
Cosby has maintained a policy of silence since some 15 women came forward with stories alleging he both drugged and sexually assaulted them. Netflix and NBC have canceled projects they had with the former “Cosby Show” star in the wake of the allegations.
What makes Goins’ accusations unique, and likely prompted a rare public response by the Cosby camp, is that they stem from an event that took place six years ago. This could fall within the statute of limitations for these kinds of crimes in California and could lead to a criminal prosecution of Cosby.
TMZ captured images of Goins filing a report with the Los Angeles Police Department, meaning whatever proof the comedian claims to have will likely be influential in determining whether charges are brought against him.
Meanwhile, Cosby continued with business as usual this week, doing standup comedy, despite hecklers at some of his live shows who have made it difficult for him to perform.