Hugh Hefner is being sued over claims he ‘conspired’ with Bill Cosby to drug and sexually assault a teenager at the Playboy Mansion.
According to an exclusive report by Daily Mail Online, the 90-year-old Playboy boss is named in new legal papers filed on Monday in Los Angeles by a dancer who alleges Cosby attacked her at a party in 2008 at the mansion, when she was just 18.
Chloe Goins claims Cosby gave her a drink and that she later awoke to find herself naked with Cosby biting her toes and with his pants around his ankles.
But she also alleges in papers filed at Los Angeles Superior Court that it was Hefner who told her to lie down because she felt ill after Cosby gave her the drink.Her attorney Spencer Kuvin told Daily Mail Online that Hefner needed to be held to account for what he said was 30 years of Cosby’s sexual conduct. Kuvin said,
‘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.’
Hefner and Cosby are known to be longtime friends, and the head of Playboy has previously said he’s ‘saddened’ by the sexual assault accusations made against the comedian.
Goins has now accused them both of negligent infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy to commit sexual battery.
The case is the first to sue Hefner. It comes after a separate case sought to have him deposed over another allegation of sexual assault by Cosby at the Playboy Mansion, this one in 1974.
Goins’ allegations against Hefner are a fresh twist in her long-running claim that was she was assaulted by Cosby.
The allegations have been investigated by Los Angeles police and a file sent to federal prosecutors, but no action has been taken against him.