You may know by now that my law firm is representing a very brave and strong
woman, Chloe Goins. In January of 2015, Ms. Goins publicly accused Bill
Cosby of drugging her and sexually assaulting her during an event at the
Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 2008. This month, our firm filed a federal
lawsuit on her behalf against Mr. Cosby seeking to hold Mr. Cosby accountable.
Like the more than fifty other women who have found the courage to come
forward, Ms. Goins was drugged by Mr. Cosby without her knowledge, for
the premeditated purpose of engaging sexually with her unconscious body.
She regained consciousness during the attack, the details of which are
too bizarre and disturbing to recount in this article. For the months
and years that followed, Ms. Goins buried this trauma, an all too unfortunate,
but common, reaction by victims to sexual assaults and rape.
What Mr. Cosby did not know at the time was that Ms. Goins was a teenager
at the time of the attack. Under California law, there are special considerations
in place to protect minors who are sexually abused. For the first time,
Mr. Cosby is potentially facing the very real possibility of criminal
and civil penalties for his decades of sexually preying upon women.
In this article, I want to describe the Chloe Goins lawsuit, and why it’s
a pivotal development in the fall of Bill Cosby, and in the likely unraveling
of his sham public image.
Why Chloe Goins is a real problem for Cosby
Chloe Goins is the first woman alleging sexual assault against Bill Cosby
that is potentially within the California civil statute of limitations.
From what we know to be facts, we believe the State of California is within
the statute of limitations to also bring criminal charges against Mr.
Cosby. The evidence we’ve gathered to support our beliefs will develop
as the litigation process unfolds.
First, Bill Cosby is the closest he has ever been to facing criminal charges
for sexual assault. In January, Ms. Goins filed a complaint with the Los
Angeles Police Department against Bill Cosby for the 2008 attack. This
month, in October, 2015, the LAPD confirmed that it had wrapped up its
part of the investigation, and forwarded the case on the District Attorney’s
office for possible criminal prosecution. It is now up to the Los Angeles
DA to decide whether it will file criminal charges against Bill Cosby
for the sexual assault of Chloe Goins.
To our knowledge, the DA is thoroughly reviewing the case, but has given
no indication of when a decision will be made.
Second, with the filing of
Ms. Goins’ civil lawsuit, Bill Cosby must now deal with at least four civil complaints from numerous
accusers. There may be more we aren’t aware of. There are almost
certainly more to come.
What are the facts?
Some in the media have openly questioned our position that both our criminal
and civil complaints are within the statute of limitations to prosecute,
based on inaccurate reporting that was previously circulated in the media.
Here’s what we know: we know that Ms. Goins was at a party at the
Playboy mansion in 2008. We know that Mr. Cosby was there. We know that
Mr. Cosby provided a drink to Ms. Goins for her consumption. We know that
the drink was intentionally spiked with an unknown drug. We also know
that Mr. Cosby spiked that drink for the purpose of rendering her unconscious,
so that he could carry out a sexual assault on Ms. Goins. Most importantly
for this case, we know Ms. Goins was a teenager at the time.
Given these facts, it’s difficult to argue that Ms. Goins is not
within her rights to seek justice and remedy in the court of law.
Why did Ms. Goins file a lawsuit?
Ms. Goins, just like you and I, has a constitutional right to due process
in the civil court of law. That means that if someone wrongs you, you
may use the civil court system to seek justice. If someone acts wrongfully,
with or without intent, and that act causes you physical or psychological
harm or injury, the courts exist to give you an opportunity to secure remedy.
Ms. Goins suffered severe psychological trauma directly from the sexual
attack perpetrated by Mr. Cosby in 2008. We have filed a lawsuit on her
behalf at this time to protect her valid claim in the civil court system.
What happens next?
Now that we have filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of Ms. Goins against Bill
Cosby in Federal court, several legal procedures will now need to occur.
First, Mr. Cosby, through his defense lawyers, will be required to answer
our lawsuit. Next, we will seek to depose Mr. Cosby, which means that
we will have the opportunity to question him directly under oath. Anything
he says will be admissible in court.
After depositions are taken, we will continue the discovery process, which
allows us to gather evidence against Mr. Cosby for the sexual assault
of Ms. Goins. When both sides are satisfied, we will have an opportunity
for mediation, and then possibly trial.
What does Ms. Goins hope to achieve with this lawsuit?
First and foremost, it is Ms. Goins’ number one priority that Bill
Cosby be held accountable for the sexual assault he intentionally perpetrated
against her. With our firm serving as her legal advocates, she is dedicated
to seeking justice in both the criminal and civil court systems.
Ultimately, it is her wish to see Mr. Cosby placed behind bars. Ms. Goins
believes the criminal prosecution of Mr. Cosby for sexual assault would
help her and the dozens of other women who will never have the opportunity
to have their day in court against him.
By filing a lawsuit in the civil court system, Ms. Goins has the opportunity
to seek damages for years of emotional and mental anguish that has resulted
from that tragically fateful encounter with Bill Cosby in 2008. Both court
systems (criminal and civil) offer different types of justice for victims
of sexual assault, and as her lawyers, we believe Ms. Goins is within
her rights to hold Mr. Cosby accountable in each and every way possible.