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Hugh Hefner named in new Bill Cosby lawsuit

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HUGH HEFNER has been sued for allegedly "conspiring" to allow BILL COSBY to commit sexual assault on young women at his Playboy mansion.

Former model Chloe Goins, who turns 26 years old on Tuesday, filed a federal civil suit at United States District Court in California's Central District against the embattled comedian last year, claiming she was just a teenager when Cosby allegedly forced himself upon her at a party held at Hefner's Playboy mansion in 2008.

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In the former dispute, she claimed she felt dizzy and sick after Cosby gave her a drink and escorted her to a room, where she lost consciousness and awoke naked with Cosby licking her toes.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office declined to file criminal charges in the case at the end of last year, and Goins voluntarily dismissed her federal lawsuit without prejudice in February. Since the matter was voluntarily dismissed without prejudice, this gave Goins and her legal team the opportunity to open up the case at a later date.

And now Goins and her lawyers are taking advantage of the opportunity, as they have re-filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday (16May16), and while she still accuses Cosby of the same actions, she added the 90-year-old Playboy boss as a defendant, claiming he assisted his longtime friend in the alleged assault by telling her to lie down after the actor gave her the spiked drink.

In the documents obtained by the U.K.'s Daily Mail, Goins says, "In 2008 Defendants Hefner and Cosby both knowingly and willfully agreed and conspired to host parties, invite minors or young adults under the age of 21, provide them with alcohol and or foreign substances," adding the incident left her "shocked, hurt, and psychologically impacted and damaged."

In the lawsuit, Goins is suing Cosby for sexual battery, gender violence and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and also accuses the comedian as well as Hefner of negligent infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy to commit sexual battery.

Her attorney Spencer Kuvin tells the Daily Mail Online that after dismissing the civil suit in February, they reassessed the case and decided Hefner also should claim responsibility for the alleged crimes.

"After filing the original lawsuit we continued our internal investigation of the case and came to the opinion that we felt there were additional actors that were involved in this particular incident, namely Mr Hefner," Kuvin said. "Based upon the long standing relationship between Mr Hefner and Mr Cosby, as well as the specific allegations and facts of this case and how the two men approached our client together, in addition to our independent investigation, we felt it was necessary to include Mr Hefner in the complaint."

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He continued, "We believe that Mr Hefner not only knew but at the very least should have known what Mr Cosby has been doing to these women over the last 30 plus years. Thus far no one has been held to account for tacitly standing by knowing what this man was doing."

Cosby is currently facing multiple similar cases. More than 50 women have issued claims against him of sexual abuse, with the alleged assaults dating as far back as 1970.The comedian and his legal representatives have consistently denied all allegations.



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