Playboy boss Hugh Hefner, 90, has been sued by one of the women accusing comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and molesting her at a party held at Hefner’s Playboy Mansion in 2008. She has accused Hefner of conspiring in the assault.
Chloe Goins, 26, is one of the many — over 50 — women who have made sexual assault allegations against Cosby, 78.
In her Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit, Goins reportedly claims that Hefner is liable as he hosted the party and proposed that she and a friend have drinks with Cosby.
In the lawsuit, Goins maintains, “Additionally, defendant Hefner knew or should have known that defendant Cosby over the years had a propensity for intoxicating and or drugging young women and taking advantage of them sexually and against their will or while they were unconscious."
Goins had previously sued Cosby in a U.S. District Court in October 2015, claiming $75,000 in damages for “childhood sexual assault.” She says that she was 17 at the time. However, according to the New York Daily News, she withdrew the case in order to file a new lawsuit naming Hefner.
According to Reuters, Hefner could not be reached for comment and Cosby’s spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Most allegations against Cosby fall outside the statute of limitations. An exception is that of Andrea Constand, the first person to file a suit against him in court. However, Goin’s lawyers claim that her civil lawsuit falls within California’s statute of limitations.
In another similar case, a woman is reportedly suing the comedian of molesting her at Hefner’s Mansion around 1974. She claims to be 15 at the time of the assault. The Spokesman-Review reports that her attorneys wish to depose Hefner in their case.